September 8th, 2012
07:35 AM ET

Letters to the President #1328: 'A reflection of convention land'

Reporter's Note: With the convention over, President Obama is back to campaigning, and I’m back to writing my daily letters to the White House.  Not that I ever stopped.

Dear Mr. President,

Here’s a strange thing to consider: You’re running for re-election, the past two weeks of conventions have been relentlessly about you, and yet of the two of us, I was the one who had to endure it all!  You were able to breeze in, say a few words and get back to whatever it was you were doing.

I, on the other hand, spent endless hours negotiating security checkpoints, eating on the fly, sleeping too little, listening to speeches, reading documents, checking facts (yes, yes, I know that makes all you politicos a tad testy) and shaking hands with so many people that I felt as if I were running for the White House.

Seriously, one of the stranger parts of being a TV-type in these huge political gatherings is that you’re constantly being approached by people you don’t know…or maybe know…or perhaps met one time.

I’m sure it is the same for you, and I’m not complaining.  There are much worse things in life.  Yet it feels odd to be talking to someone who is clearly important in a political sense, while frantically wracking your brain to figure out who the heck he or she is.  I usually play it safe and when the conversation is done I just say, “So good to see you again, Governor.”  Odds are that will be the appropriate title about seven times out of ten.  Ha!

Still, as much as I’d like to share the misery of being in Camp Convention, I think it is good that candidates like you and Mr. Romney don’t spend too much time in such places.  Conventions are not at all like the rest of the country.  All the extremes are magnified.

Frankly, I think if you or Mr. Romney hung out too long there, you would run a serious risk of losing track of what is really going on…in our country where so many people just want to get on with their lives, have a little faith in the security of their jobs, and stay far, far away from the hard core partisanship that drives the convention crowds on both sides.

I trust all is well.  Two months of campaigning to go!  Call if you can.