July 27th, 2011
01:46 AM ET

Letters to the President: #919 'Sha Na Na Na . . . Get a job'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is no doubt spending a lot of time remembering that even when the debt ceiling matter is settled, there will still be the awful unemployment rate to face. If not, well today’s letter will remind him.

Dear Mr. President,

You’re going to thank me for this one today. Or at least you may finally call. Either way, it is good news.

I was walking through Union Station this afternoon, going to grab some lunch. The crowd was buzzing all around as it often is in the early afternoon - tourists, travelers, business types, and of course the ever-present security folks. And yet in the midst of the maelstrom I noticed one young woman standing in a puddle of sunlight, holding a phone to her ear and positively beaming.

She looked to be just slightly post-college age, and as best I could tell, she was waiting for someone to answer her call. In any event, the sheer dynamic tension she was giving off in all directions attracted my attention and as I passed she apparently connected with whomever she was calling, and the source of her joy was instantly clear: “I have a job!”

She said those four words with more enthusiasm than I have heard from almost anyone else all summer in this city. I have no idea what kind of job it is, nor how long she’d been looking, but it seemed as if the answers might be a) a good one and b) quite a while.

I’ve spent so much time covering unemployment over the past few years, I can hardly describe how happy it made me to witness this moment of unbridled celebration. As I walked past, her smile seemed limitless, and her eyes were aflame with the all the possibilities of being young, employed, and ready to make great things happen.

I wish you could have been there. It was, amid all our troubles, a nice reminder of what it can be like when things go right.

Give a ring if you have some time amid all the negotiations.


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