September 8th, 2011
07:20 PM ET

Letters to the President: #962 'T-minus speech time'

Reporter's Note: President Obama is speaking to Congress tonight about an ambitious plan to produce jobs. I will be watching, and then quickly switching over to the Saints-Packers game. I’m sorry, that’s just the way it has to be.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, I guess you’re down to the final minutes before you big jobs speech tonight. I assume that means the White House interns are sprinting back and forth to Kinkos getting bound copies to pass out to your Congressional pals, or however it is that you handle such things.

With that in mind, I certainly won’t suggest any changes at this point. You have to stand up and put your message out there and hope for the best. What I will say, however, is this: No matter how much you may feel under attack over this plan, and no matter how much you may feel the economic realities have conspired against you, remember that in some ways the same rain is falling on everyone in this race.

No matter who wins the election next year, he or she will have to face unemployment that is still remarkably high. It is almost certain that the winner will have to deal with trouble in housing prices, messy foreign entanglements, security issues, domestic policy snares, and uncertainty in the markets. In other words, the next president of the country… whether it is you again or someone else…is going to have to take on the same issues you are trying to master now.

So as they light into you, you can hit right back time and again with a simple, “Yeah? So what are you going to do?”

Criticizing is the easiest thing in the world. Critics slay ideas and destroy initiative. They beat good people into the ground, and too often raise up bad ones. Coming up with real solutions? That is much harder.

So if I were you, or any sitting president for that matter, I would remind voters of that these are truly not Democratic or Republican problems; they are “our” problems, and no matter who takes them on, that person will need solutions that work for all of us.

Good luck with it. Don’t let Biden distract you. And call later if you feel like it. I mean, after the Saints game, of course.



soundoff (One Response)
  1. Susan

    I think we are beyond asking our politicians to agree on our economic fate. Time to keep Obama's job plan out of the quicksand of the RepTea party (it now has a new name!) using my fate, my money for their own political gain.

    Just do it Mr. President!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:48 pm |

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