April 17th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #818 'Ah, grasshopper . . .'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: The president, long ago, asked for advice from the public on how to run the country. I’ve offered a lot in more than 800 letters. But not today. Ha!

Dear Mr. President,

As I write this, I am watching Enter the Dragon on TV. It is the first time I’ve ever seen it, and quite frankly, the first Bruce Lee film I’ve ever watched. I’m just keeping track of it out of the corner of my eye, and I’m not sure I’ll make it all the way through. There is only so much jumping, screeching, and karate chopping I can take at one time before I get tired of rolling my eyes.

I had a roommate in college who totally loved that guy - had a Bruce Lee poster on the wall, was completely into all sorts of martial arts, and really dug the whole philosophy part of it. As in, “Let me explain to you how peaceful I am, and then I’ll kick your butt.”

It was funny in its own way, but he enjoyed it and he was a good enough guy, so there you have it.

I took an interest in martial arts when I was younger, as so many did, and the primary reason (other than thinking it would be great to show Bill Gabootz a thing or two the next time he shoved me around in gym class) can be summed up in two words: Kung Fu.