February 21st, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #763 'I hope you are enjoying your day'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president, like all other Americans, is celebrating the holiday. Unlike everyone else, however, he gets to do so with a letter from me.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on this Presidents Day! I trust it will find you well and happy.

Does it ever occur to you when you are hanging out in the Oval Office or puttering around the Rose Garden what a very unusual position you are in? What am I saying? Ha! Of course it occurs to you. But I mean in the bigger, cosmic, “Holy cow, I’m keeping company with John Adams, Theodore Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon!” kind of way.

Think about this: When we celebrate the office of the presidency today, despite all the silhouettes of Washington and Lincoln on the paper cups, you are also part of the legacy we are commemorating. What an astonishing thing!

You will be, for all practical purposes, forever enshrined in this very elite group. (Well, forever is a long time…I guess I mean for as long as there is an America, which I hope is a very long time.) You could wind up on a coin, or with some kind of big marble statue of yourself on the National Mall, or maybe a building with your name on top. The rest of us can’t count on anything like that. Frankly, I’m delighted that I got away with scratching my initials onto the bathroom wall at my favorite barbeque joint, and I fully expect my descendents to poke at photos of me in just 50 years and say, “Now, who was this guy again?”

I sometimes wonder if a person in your position starts feeling a little “out of body-ish” at times like this. I mean, for crying out loud: Your own holiday? I can see how becoming such a symbol and personification of something so much bigger than yourself could play tricks with the mind. Trust me. I know the dangers. I was once the treasurer of my 4-H club!

Anyway, despite all the hullabaloo, I hope you can keep your senses intact and have a wonderful time. I’m going to wrap this up, because I’m assuming your staff has a cake for you, or some balloons, or something. I’ll let you get to the party. Oh, and don’t let Biden bring you down with all that, “So when is Vice Presidents Day?” talk.

He says that every year. Talk about a sense of self-importance! Ha!


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  1. Annie Kate


    I doubt that Obama nor many others think of Richard Nixon on Presidents Day. I think that is a shame too. Now I know that Watergate and the coverup was terrible and that he should have never have done it. But the foreign affairs and our relations with the countries of the world were very strong and very favorable with Nixon and Kissinger leading on the affairs of state. If Watergate had not happened, Nixon might have been regarded as one of the great Presidents but with Watergate he won't be – at least not for a very very long time if ever.

    February 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm |