January 4th, 2013
07:10 PM ET

Letters to the President #1446: 'The days ahead'

Reporter's Note: The new unemployment figures remain pretty bad, so by comparison perhaps the president will find my daily letter pretty good.

Dear Mr. President,

Congratulations on your re-election! The electoral college has finally made it official, so if you had any lingering doubts about faithless electors or similar nonsense, you can put them to rest. You have a date with the Chief Justice next to the Capitol in a about two and a half weeks, and then it is off to the second term races as it were.

Which, honestly, is both good news and bad news. Good for you that you won, but bad considering all that remains on the agenda.

The latest unemployment numbers this morning, for example, are still nothing to brag about. I've looked at a lot of economic data, so I know that the economy truly is slowly recovering. I mean, of course, if it continues acting the way it has for the past couple of years. But the process is going so slowly that it is like watching the sun move across the sky. The movement is almost imperceptible.

And frankly, you and I both know it would not take much to make it all fall apart again. Trouble in Europe. A distant conflict. A financial scandal of sufficient size.

On top of which, look at all the projects you are taking on! Immigration reform, gun control, the next debt ceiling debate.

So I'll say congratulations but what I really mean is good luck. I suspect any president in your shoes would need it.


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