Reporter's Note: Osama bin Laden has thoroughly dominated the news lately, just as he did years ago. So he’s in today’s letter again as well.
Dear Mr. President,
Perhaps in the middle of all the Osama bin Laden news you missed what happened with our Capitols. They were spanked like bratty kids by the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was ridiculous. Every time the Caps seemed to get something going, the Lightning players just skated down the ice and stuffed the puck into the goal again.
As a result, the Caps were swept out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s a shame really, because they had a nice season and while I did not assume they would make it to the final round, I never thought they’d wind up humiliated.
Oh well. Not sure whom I’m going to cheer for now. My Avalanche never made it to the contest. I kind of like the look of the Sharks. Anyway, if you want to come over for a game, give me a yell.
On other fronts: Interesting call you made about not releasing the photo of bin Laden after he was killed. Your team did a decent job explaining your thinking - about how we don’t display trophies of war, and all that. Still, you know some folks will be second guessing you for a long time and even more so if enough people in the Middle East keep calling the death a hoax.
I watched a video online tonight from some generic conspiracy theorist explaining at length how the whole story of the assault was a fraud. (How on Earth do they get these things together so quickly?) As usual, it included “evidence,” which consisted primarily of saying the shrubbery in the satellite images looks different than it does in the video shot on the ground. Yeah, nice work, Sherlock.
I’m convinced that such people would not believe the official version of things even if you released a wide-screen, 3-D, Dolby, IMAX film of every single second complete with a commentary by the Pope. So, maybe for that reason alone, your decision is a good one. After all, the pictures may very well incite anger overseas; and if they are not going to quiet the critics anyway, why bother?
It’s been a big week. I’ll be happy when the weekend is here, and I suppose you will be too.
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