Tom Foreman | BIO
Reporter's Note: The president is being hit with one big event after another on the world stage. That’s why I’m taking a break for both of us.
Dear Mr. President,
What on Earth happened to spring? Here it was warming nicely, the daffodils were popping up, cherry blossoms emerging, and now suddenly the cold breezes are blowing and there is snow in the forecast again! Ah well, there is nothing to do about it, so I guess I’ll endure.
Despite the wintery winds, I suspect I have fallen into a bit of spring fever, because I must say I really have had just no interest in politics this weekend. Not much in world events either. I realize that this is a tragic turn for a newsman, but I’m just laying my cards on the table.
Maybe it’s a combination of being hit with so many massive events, one right after the next. The shooting in Arizona, the troubles in the Middle East, then the earthquake and tsunami, then the related nuclear problems, and now we have a war in Libya. (Yes, I know, you’re trying really hard not to call it a ‘war,’ but honestly, as soon as missiles start launching and fighter jets fill the skies, it certainly doesn’t look like a game of Twister, does it?)
In any event, I find myself thinking much more than usual about…well, almost anything other than news. I have enjoyed the heck out of playing with the dog lately. My running has never been better. And I have been playing more guitar than I have in months - maybe years.
In your position, I realize that you have no choice but to daily engage the issues whether you feel like it or not. You can’t exactly say “Oh piffle, I’ll just deal with the war tomorrow.” But frankly, I think it is good for even the most involved citizens to occasionally take a break from the fear and frustration of world events. A lot of problems, after all, don’t seem nearly as big and scary after a good night’s sleep, and I think the decisions we make about addressing those problems are often much more sound in such circumstances.
So on second thought, maybe even for presidents relaxing a bit and clearing your head is not a bad idea. Because hey, who knows what will come along tomorrow?
Hope all is well. Going out to walk the dog.
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