April 22nd, 2011
07:14 PM ET

Letters to the President: #823 'No fun . . . no funds'

Reporter's Note: The president is rapidly rolling into full campaign mode - while I continue to plod along at regular “letter writing” speed.

Dear Mr. President,

Can you believe it? Once again the week is screaming to a close and I nearly forgot to write my daily letter to you. I know if I ever missed a day that I would be disappointed, but I fear you would be devastated!

However, I guess now that I am hammering the keys we can call off the fire engines.

I followed some of your fundraising efforts this week, and it looks like you’re doing a pretty good job at this early stage of pumping up the old campaign cash balloon. To be honest, this is something you can add to the very long list of why I will never be president: I hate like a toothache the idea of asking people for money. It just seems so… oh, I don’t know…seamy, I guess.

I realize that all you political types have to do it, but I yearn (and we all know how painful that can be) for the long ago days when presidential contenders relied entirely on their boosters to raise money, make speeches, and hand paint campaign signs in the back yard.

Don’t take me wrong. I’m not leveling any criticism at you. As I said, I know that passing the hat goes with wearing the mantle.

But trust me, if any stroke of strange fortune ever lands me in office I think my entire re-election campaign would be one speech: “Look, I’ve done my best. If your life is better today than it was when I started, please vote for me. If it is not, vote for someone else. I know that you’ll have a lot of information shoveled at you from my opponents; some of it true, some of it not. I trust that you are smart enough to sort it out. In the meantime, you elected me to do a job and I need to get back to it.”

Might not work, but then again it might. And either way I’d get to spend more time doing the job, and less time just trying to keep it.

Give me a call if you have a moment. I’m around for the whole weekend, and always have my phone around.


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  1. Annie Kate

    That would be a refreshing campaign, Tom. Lots preferable and infinitely more honest than what we have today. I don't know about leaving it up to the people about figuring out which is truth and which is not – the birther controversy shows that there are always some that will take the most extreme and present it as truth. I wonder if that issue will ever go away – it's become fairly tiresome.

    April 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm |