November 5th, 2012
08:36 PM ET

Letters to the President #1386: 'The last campaign'

Reporter's Note: President Obama was busy barnstorming for votes today. I was busy writing this letter. I guess he’ll be a little more tired than I will tonight.

Dear Mr. President,

Has it occurred to you that this is probably the last day ever that you’ll spend campaigning for a race in which you are running? Oh sure, you might decide to score a city council seat back in Chicago in 15 years if you get bored, but I kind of doubt it. This is your final Super Bowl, and these are the last minutes of the last quarter, and it is still not clear which team is going to win.

I’m not sure how I would feel about that.

While every former president I’ve ever met has assured me that it is a lot more to be out of the Oval Office than in it, you’re still a young guy to be teetering on the brink of retirement. And one way or the other, either by Wednesday or in four years, that is where you’ll be. The highest professional accomplishment of your life will be over. Nothing will top it, and the historians will start writing the books that define whether you were good or bad at it. They will include a chapter on what you do after your presidency, but not much more.

You can still do important work, of course. Many former presidents seem considerably more productive when they leave office, but still it will probably feel strange.

Anyway, all of this is to say, I know you must be tired of the campaign and ready for some rest, come what may on Tuesday; but enjoy your final hours on the trail. No matter what, you’ll never be there again like this.

Best of luck to you and Governor Romney tomorrow.


Tonight on AC360: Election Eve
November 5th, 2012
06:10 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Election Eve

Here we are: The night before Election Day 2012! Anderson is in Washington with Wolf Blitzer, John King, Candy Crowley and the rest of CNN political reporters. AC360° will broadcast live from the D.C. set at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight, and that's where our intrepid anchor will be tomorrow, all day and all night and into the early hours of the morning to bring you up-to-the-minute results from around the country. Anderson will be looking for your reaction on Twitter, so tweet a message to @AndersonCooper and @AC360.

The race is close, and with that mind, John King will show the most likely scenarios that could play out tomorrow affording one candidate the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. David Gergen, Gloria Borger and Candy Crowley will give their expert insight on the electoral math and which pivotal counties in battleground states to watch on Tuesday. Cornell Belcher, Ari Fleischer, Paul Begala and Erick Erickson will weigh in too.


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November 5th, 2012
12:10 PM ET

The 2012 campaigns in 2 minutes

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