March 4th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #774 'Angry at government?'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The next presidential election seems to be gathering some early steam, which means the season of polling will be upon us before we know it. Kind of like my daily letter to the White House - before you know it, there it is!

Dear Mr. President,

I was looking at a new poll that shows Americans are less angry with the government, and more just generally frustrated. I suppose that is progress, in a sort of “I was falling down a hill but I hit the bottom before I broke any more bones” kind of way.

Of course the Republicans are more negative about government than the Democrats, but it’s still not a pretty picture.

This poll has me wondering: Do you think if the economy were doing much better our opinion of government would be vastly improved? I imagine it would be, because when things are going badly in my life, I’ve often found that everything annoys me more than it otherwise would. Bad drivers. Long lines. People talking in theaters. Well, to be honest, that last one always drives me crazy, but you get my point.

My mother says I was that way as a little kid. She could always tell when I was getting sick because some tiny thing would go wrong and I would fall apart.

“Hey, Mom, are we out of Captain Crunch?”
(Speaking of which, how long has it been since you’ve had a nice bowl of Captain Crunch? That was one fine cereal for Saturday morning cartoons, let me tell you!)

I’m sure that’s a big part of what is happening in this poll. The government is like your refrigerator. You don’t think about it much as long as it works. People don’t dwell on the government when things are going well. (I mean normal people…not you political types who seem to find nothing else quite as interesting)

When taxes seem reasonable, services plentiful, jobs secure, and inflation is under control, most people couldn’t care less what you D.C. power players do with your time. But when things are bad? That’s when voters start hawk-eyeing the process, finding fault, and demanding changes.

This is a resting day on the running circuit, so I’m around and available if you want to chat. After your busy week, I’m guessing you might. Oh! And I need to tell you, that I have two specials on this weekend: My latest “Building Up America” show is Saturday at 3pm Eastern, and I have another show called “Stories: Reporter” on Sunday at 7:30 pm Eastern. Let me know what you think!


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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Kurt

    a few days ago I noticed online that BP Oil just made their second investment into oil rights within the past year–this last time in India I believe. Now we see oil prices sky-rocketing again. Is this a good time to explore the question of how BP is doing on repayments to the Louisiana business people-and effected states nearby-and the relationship of the United States government to get a new BP exec in place last year and the investment they just made ? Seems like a newsworthy item to explore. I coudl be wrong but it appears to me BP is once again in control of pricing of oil.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
  2. Sara

    I'm upset that our federal laws are not being enforced to close our southern/northern borders. Our federal agencies are telling law enforcement or border agents to not do their job. We're in a fiscal crisis here in America, right? If you say yes, then why don't we enforce our federal laws that are already in place so the taxpayers dollars don't go to illegal immigrants that are allowed our government assistance??

    March 4, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
  3. Brian


    Plz show pictures and some bio of gaddafi inner circle members.

    Maybe start with newly appointed Libian rep Dr. Ali Abdussalem Treki.

    My local newspaper here in Santa Maria, CA has success in helping gang suppression by regularly publishing pictures and criminal violations.

    It's been a real beacon of warning to others that they will be held accountable.

    Also, I wanted you to know you and your team our doing a great job in helping to bring down the butcher of Lybia.

    Best regards,


    March 4, 2011 at 11:54 am |