Tom Foreman | BIO
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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