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10:33 AM on 03/24/2010
It is just like a cynical "conservative" to not understand the basic humanity it takes to keep in touch with the individual human beings for whom he works. Bush & Co. seldom remembered that they were in the people's employ. They even stacked the media Q & A sessions, seldom calling on anyone who might offer a difficult question (or a question that might shed some uncomfortable light). President Obama is doing a wonderful job keeping in touch with all the American people by reading these letters. So instead of venting on HP all the time, why not try a little snail-mail, pen-to-paper old-fashioned letter to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Even if it doesn't make it to his personal folder, you might get something out of it. The least of which might be a feeling of civility, and maybe the realization that the President of the United States is a human being too, and not the savior/monster the media alternately makes him out to be. I'm signing off to get my stationary...
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Jonathan Gallo
10:17 AM on 03/24/2010
A president grounded in reality, I like!
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archeDeWashington
10:08 AM on 03/24/2010
That kid who did send his homework for the President to check did make my day.

lol
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EbonBear
opinionated hairy man
08:39 PM on 03/24/2010
Me too. Think the POTUS is any good at Psychology?
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noaxe397
09:59 AM on 03/24/2010
No intelligent person the president's age should need the letters of fellow citizens to understand the problems working people face in this country today.

His need to read these letters to learn the problems of the less fortunate reminds of George HW Bush's "supermarket scanner moment."

When he, like Bobby Kennedy did 40 years ago, walks through the destitute backwoods of rural America to see third world poverty in his own backyard, then he won't even think of taking vacations or selecting the college basketball champions.

He will get to work for the next 3 (or 7) years doing what he knows he must; the heavy lifting that will enrage the right further and get him called even worse names than we've heard already, and America wil be the better for it.

Mr. President: Eye on the prize; time to get to work.
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10:20 AM on 03/24/2010
I think it great that he spends his own time at the end of the day reading letters from ordinary Americans.
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noaxe397
02:32 PM on 03/24/2010
I do too. But he needs more than that to truly stay in touch with his countrymen.

It was often said that Clinton would spend 5 minutes on the rope line explaining to a single citizen why he disagreed with that citizen's position.

Remember the early years of his administration when it was not unusual to look up from your Egg McMuffin and see Clinton in the restaurant with you?

I'm glad our president is a scholar (like Clinton) and doesn't fly off the handle like McCain does.

But his appearence of aloofness must be balanced by the common touch a la FDR.
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suzc
Speak the Truth, even if your voice shakes
11:08 AM on 03/24/2010
Oh for pity's sake, lighten up! The man literally has the world on his shoulders. How much responsibility do YOU carry and how often do you give yourself a brief distraction or a vacation?

I would be much more worried, about his mental and emotional and physical health, if he were not capable to spending time with his family or on the basketball court or making his picks.

We need a HEALTHY president in the WH, not just a brilliant one.

And given the bubble that he must of necessity now live in, I think his 10 letters a day is a brilliant idea!
Good for him! As his wife once said, he'd be a good president in part because they're still close to being normal people -- as in, working for a living, struggling to make ends meet, doing their own chores -- unlike those in Congress for example.
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noaxe397
02:28 PM on 03/24/2010
If he wants a break, then go to the presidential retreat at Camp David for a long weekend and unwind. Fine. But I gaurantee you if tries to take off the ENTIRE month of August again this year, the GOP and teabaggers will crush the Dems in the November elections.

We see now that when he leads, they lose. To save the country from GOP control he must be in full campaign mode until 2012, non stop.

If it's too much for him, then announce in January he will not seek 2012 re-election.

That's how Clinton came back in 1996. The man got the message, did not need the second kick of the mule and took no vacation for FOUR YEARS. We had no unemployment, record surpluses, Dow 11,000 and dollar a gallon gas.

Like Bush said "It's hard work."
09:45 AM on 03/24/2010
Sorry, in the previous post,
I was talking about Bush-
09:43 AM on 03/24/2010
Before 'all' of you 'GOP-ers'
start 'whining and complaining',
ask yourself 'what' letters 'he'
actually 'read', other than
the 'middle-fingers' he
saw out of his window?
At least Obama cares
about 'everyday' citizens-
blogisti
Censor Approved Knowledge Only
09:39 AM on 03/24/2010
I wonder if he reads the one's that remind him that there are a plethora of missing indictments for war crimes and financial fraud. His Department of Justice is the most inactive in American history.
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padrushka
question authority
09:26 AM on 03/24/2010
are we all now denigrated to the role of "props" and our problems in this country are defined en masse as oversimplification!!!??? i take issue with the source of that arrogant comment. obama himself states he is there to work for americans. i am glad at least one person in dc remembers the role of government and who works for whom..i am also happy to hear he stays connected with us by reading all kinds of letters..it is rare that a president will stay tuned to constituents.. that is what it is what it is all about. sorry if i over simplified..
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10:22 AM on 03/24/2010
I couldn't agree with you more.
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Hare
One day closer to Utopia
09:05 AM on 03/24/2010
What is the address? To send him a printing sample of those asking him time and again for the public option, or just UNIVERSAL coverage. Healthcare for all.
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1dogs2
10:05 AM on 03/24/2010
Do you not know how and where to write to the President? Seriously???

The bill that passed is far from perfect. It does, however, establish the fundamental principle that every American has a right to decent health care and it provides for nearly universal coverage. Now get busy and lobby the President and Congress for a government-administered alternative to private insurance for everyone who wants one.

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C.
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suzc
Speak the Truth, even if your voice shakes
11:09 AM on 03/24/2010
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
PO knows the zip code.
What rock have you been living under?
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Margo Arrowsmith
Elizabeth Warren in 2016!
08:50 AM on 03/24/2010
Yes, I am proud of him,

But it sounds like we need to keep sending those letters.

How about from gays in the military or anyone who is affected by 'don't ask don't tell' since that is all of us now that we have lost some of our best soldiers to this travesty

Or how about people who are being cheated by unregulated banks?
09:19 AM on 03/24/2010
Get ready for uglier battle when its the unregulated banks turn to get some reform. I'm prepared to watch Republicans cause even bigger brouhaha than the health care.
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1dogs2
09:57 AM on 03/24/2010
That battle may be uglier, since the GOPhers are wholly disconnected from the American public, but there is no question about where the sentiment of the electorate is. Obstruction of serious reform in this area will turn the GOP's dreams of a comeback in November into wet ashes.
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suzc
Speak the Truth, even if your voice shakes
11:11 AM on 03/24/2010
Absolutely keep sending them!
And I am going to start making them pen and ink instead of email (which I was happy to hear is at least read by somebody, since there is no auto reply set up).
I think if he can take the time to read some of them, then I can take the time to write it properly, like gramma taught me.
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08:45 AM on 03/24/2010
After Bush, who could barely read My Pet Goat, and who was utterly divorced from the day-to-day reality of actual citizens, this comes as a breath of fresh air.

The more I see Obama, the prouder I am of voting for him, and the prouder I am of the US for doing so.
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Margo Arrowsmith
Elizabeth Warren in 2016!
08:49 AM on 03/24/2010
Here, here and fanned!
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BUSTERtheCAT
SNL owes me MONEY
08:10 AM on 03/24/2010
It is Wonderful to have a President who can read, comprehend and retain the information.

America thank you soooooo much , imagine Mccaine taking naps every 4 sentences and palin struggling to open the envelope.
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Carpetbagger 68
I see my micro bio as half-full.
08:46 AM on 03/24/2010
"imagine ... palin struggling to open the envelope."

I imagine she'd quit halfway through the job.