December 26th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

Letters to the President #1437: 'A trip to the movies'

Reporter's Note: I write to the president. He may or may not read my letters.

Dear Mr. President,

Well, I trust you Christmas in Hawaii was nice enough. I know each family has its own holiday traditions, but I don't know if I could ever get into that whole beach thing at Christmastime.

It was a nice surprise to have a little snow here in D.C. Of course today it morphed into cold rain, but I didn't mind that either.

Went to see Les Miserables with the family. Not to be a critic, but I didn't really care for the musical when I saw it years ago and even though some of my Facebook friends were raving about this movie I found it to be pretty much the same. It was well-directed and acted, but the music is marginal at best and, all deference to Victor Hugo, the story is just not so wonderful. For my taste Hugo always relied too heavily on the extraordinary coincidence to drive his tales. You know, "Oh look, I'm lost in the sewers of Paris fighting for my life and I run into...yet again...the same cheating innkeeper I've already stumbled upon three times."

Plus, as movies go, I pretty much believe you'd better be churning out another Lawrence of Arabia if you're going to take it more than two hours. Just saying.

Enough on that. You have serious business ahead of you! I've been following the growing noise about the fiscal cliff once again. I'll try to write about that tomorrow. In the meantime, if you wish to call about it, I am around.


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