Reporter's Note: President Obama held a news conference this morning. Hopefully he is holding my latest letter to the White House this afternoon.
Dear Mr. President,
Once again, I have been given clear evidence of why I would make a terrible president. Not that I needed any more, but still…
I watched your press conference today and saw how, time and again, you went dancing around the edges of issues, never quite taking a stand while simultaneously never quite making it clear that you won’t, and I thought, “No way.” I just couldn’t do it. If I were in that position, I would feel compelled to just lay it all out there and let the chips fall where they may.
Gay marriage? War in Libya? The drop dead date for raising the debt ceiling? I’d be throwing my honest assessments out so fast that reporters would be asking me to shut up for a minute so they could file news bulletins on a half dozen subjects. By the time I was done everyone in the room would be asking if I’d decided re-election was just not in my future.
It’s not like I would want to infuriate various public interest groups (although I am certain I would) but rather…well, as a member of the public, that’s the kind of candor I want from my leaders, Democratic and Republican. I find myself yearning for anyone in elected office who will simply say definitively what he or she believes, whether or not it costs that person re-election.
Yet time and again, when big league Washington players start talking, they slide into a tortured tango of positioning driven by pollsters, campaign advisors, and a whole slew of people who I’m not sure have the best interests of the nation at heart…at least not if those best interests must include the slightest chance of their client losing his or her office.
I’m not wrecking on you. I’m wrecking on the culture of the whole town - which, I might point out, is precisely the way you were elected in the first place. Something to keep in mind as the election year draws closer, and those voices of “caution” sound louder in your ears.
Hope all is well.
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