February 14th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #756 'Happy Valentine's Day!'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: President Obama asked for advice from the public a long time ago. I keep giving it, and not just on special days.

Dear Mr. President,

I like having holidays that involve gifts on Mondays. That way if I am unprepared, I have the whole weekend to regroup and get something going.

It must be that way for you, too. I mean seriously, with your schedule, I can’t imagine when you ever find time to get to the mall, and heaven knows you can’t send Biden. I have the feeling he’d come up with some wild idea about doing all the shopping at Home Depot. “Look, what I bought! Your wife does like 2 by 4’s, right? And how could your girls resist a high quality, variable speed saw like this?”

I’ve given some really great Valentine’s gifts over the years, and a few clunkers. And sometimes even good plans have gone awry. I once bought a present for a girlfriend, a little music box thing back when that was the kind of gift to give. I had it wound, set to begin playing the song (Lara’s Theme) as soon as it was opened, and wrapped up well ahead of time. Card signed and set to go. Then we broke up.

I couldn’t figure out if we were going to get back together at some point, so I just put the package into a dresser drawer and left it warming there by my socks for an entire year. When I finally concluded that we were really done, one day I pulled it out and unwrapped it myself. I opened the lid, and the spring was so exhausted from being coiled tightly the past twelve months, it slogged through the first few bars like a drunken marching band and then stopped altogether.

Anyway, I like Valentine’s Day, don’t get me wrong. And this weekend, was especially nice. My wife, younger daughter, and I flew to New Orleans to meet up with our elder daughter, who flew in from Georgia Tech, so that she and I could run the Mardi Gras Half Marathon. And hey, is there any American city more romantic than New Orleans?

Not in my book.

So I hope your holiday is lovely and you get some time to share it with your family. As for me, I’ll be savoring the memory of beignets and sunshine, and the sound of passing ships on the river.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Mohamed Elalfy

    The management of the Gator Motel in Kissimmee, Florida would like to offer two complimentary nights' stay at the hotel to guests on February 25th and 26th, 2011. This great offer is in celebration of the end of the Mubarak regime in Egypt and the freedom of the Egyptian people. Offer is valid upon room availability and management discretion.

    February 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  2. Annie Kate


    My husband has always hit the clunker aisle – never fails. The harder he tries, the bigger the clunk. So after a few years of this we came to an agreement – he didn't have to get me anything at all; he just had to do one thing I asked him to do that day without putting it off until later. I'm not sure how its going to work out – he's going to think about it later, you see.

    February 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  3. Marc Grossberg

    I am usually admiring of Anderson Cooper. However, I felt that in his coverage of the Egyptian revolution, he ceased being an objective journalist. No matter that I shared his opinion, what concerned me is that in the future will I have confidence in his objectivity. Also, on the one hand, the almost constant coverage was satisfying to this news junkie's habit, on the other hand, sometimes the coverage was weak, boring and occasionally contrived.

    February 14, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  4. Bobby A

    Cnn & Cooper great coverage on Egypt...Now People of Iran need you. Lets put more coverage on Iran. again the people of Iran need us...thank you.

    February 14, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  5. Judy Strobele

    Good Morning & Happy Valentines Day – I hope it can be said next year also – Happy Valentines Day – as with the predominance of FRACKING, which is ruining our country's landscape, health & happiness – it may not be happy. On HBO this week is the movie "Gasland" – please review it and help us save our future. One can go to Gasland.com to learn more also. Thank you. JS

    February 14, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  6. Ronnie

    "American city more romantic than New Orleans?"
    My vote – Savannah, GA....or San Francisco –

    February 14, 2011 at 9:23 am |