March 6th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #776 'Having your health'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The White House says the president has given up smoking. I hope so. He probably hopes I’ll give up writing these letters. And one day I will. But not today.

Dear Mr. President,

I mentioned to you Friday that I have a special report on tonight, and I wanted to remind you to watch if you get a moment. It’s on at 7:30 pm Eastern and called “Stories: Reporter.” I think you might like it, but whether you do or not, it will be something we can talk about when you call. Ha! Good one, eh?

I shouldn’t tease you about that, I know. You’re very busy and I suppose just keeping up with these letters is exhausting enough.

Anyway, working on the show took a lot of effort and I am kind of tired even as I am starting a whole week on the road for Building Up America. Which has me wondering: Are you exercising much these days? I know that your wife has been pushing healthier eating, more active lifestyles, and Fritos for everyone. (Ha! I just added that last part to see if you are paying attention.) That’s a good thing. All you have to do is sit in an airport for twenty minutes watching people walk past to realize that we are increasingly becoming a - what’s a nice way to put it? A portly nation. Or a stout country. Oh let me put it plainly: A lot of us look like we’re smuggling hams.

The reason I ask about you, however, is that you are entering what will be an unusually demanding period of time, even for a president. As the campaign swings to life, you’re going to be spending more time on the road, eating on the fly, not sleeping enough. You know the drill. I mean, it’s practically a law that you have to meet people in diners, isn’t it?

My point is, against that backdrop, maybe you should be listening very carefully to what the first lady is saying. It won’t do anyone any good for you to be too tired, or to wind up sick, or anything like that.

So I’m just saying, if you get a chance on this Sunday afternoon, and you have not been working out much, go for walk, or take a swim, or sneak into a spinning class. It certainly won’t be bad for you. Heck, it wouldn’t be bad for any of us!


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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Tywone

    Dear Mr. President,

    I admire all that you have done for the American people. I just wish there was a bill or some type of law put in place to avoid credit check to deterimine a candidate eligibility for hiring. Considering,where economy is currently at. There are a lot of consumers going in debt and having their homes being foreclose on.

    As the President what can you do to ensure the american people that employer will not run credit check to make a determination to hire candidates?

    March 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
  2. Connie

    Dear Mr. President,

    I live in rural place in Kentucky and am now living on S.S.I.

    A lot of people seem to forget that You came into office with all the problems we are faced with today.

    When they stopped prayer in schools and stopped the display of the Ten Commandments our youth lost a lot of the value of life and respect for others.

    If our country lets them forget we will fall.

    Thank You Mr. President,
    Connie Music

    March 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm |