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March 21st, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #791 'One step at a time'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president asked for advice a long time ago. I've pretty much run out, but I keep writing every day anyway.

Dear Mr. President,

So now that the Libyan forces have been pounded senseless by airstrikes, suddenly they want to talk about a ceasefire. No surprise there. Usually the party on the losing end of any exchange is the first to declare a time-out and ask for a review of the rules.

I guess you and the U.N. will have to sort out your response. If you really want Gadhafi out of power, there is little reason to let up. On the other hand, if you can't close the deal by slamming him again and again, you have to be wary of suddenly appearing to be on the wrong side of the conflict. Hey, I've seen it happen before.

I'm not concentrating very well today, despite some of the momentous events in play, because as I write this I am down in Atlanta and I'm pretty tired. My Georgia Tech daughter and I ran the marathon here over the weekend, and I have never seen so many hills in my life.

Despite an aggressive, and (I thought) effective training schedule for the past four months, this was a bit of a backbreaker. We went up and down, and up and down, and up and down - over and over again. I was encouraging her along the way, but privately thinking it was by far the toughest race I've ever tackled. We were both pretty grateful to see the finish line.

As I am, sure you will be grateful when and if we see an end to all those massive world events that seem to be coming along at a breakneck pace this year.

Anyway, hope your Monday has started off well. Call if you can. But considering how my legs feel at the moment, make sure you give me a little time to answer the phone. Ha!

Regards,
Tom

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