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Obama Responds To Letters From The People  
User currently offlinesv7887 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1025 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

Hi Everyone,
With all the endless bashing that happens here, I wanted to post an article that shows that no matter what you think of Pres. Obama's policies, he's a good guy:


Short Excerpt:

""MEMORANDUM TO THE PRESIDENT," read a sheet clipped to the folder. "Per your request, we have attached 10 pieces of unvetted correspondence addressed to you."

Inside, Obama found crinkled notebook pages, smudged ink, cursive handwriting and misspelled words -- a collection of 10 original letters that he considers among his most important daily reading material, aides said. Ever since he requested a sampling of mail on his second day in office, the letters have become a staple of his presidency. Some he immediately reads out loud to his wife; others he distributes to senior staff members aboard Air Force One. Some are from students requesting help with homework; others are from constituents demanding jobs or health care. About half of the letters, Obama said during a recent speech, "call me an idiot." "

More at: Link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/story/2010/03/30/ST2010033004292.html?sid=ST2010033004292

I may not agree with all his policies, but it's good of him to write back and read his mail, whether it's good or bad.

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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2731 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Yeah I agree with almost none of his policies, but I'm not going to rant for ten minutes about some "long-legged mack daddy."

Dubya was a boob but I didn't buy that he was an evil person, either.



Pancakes are delicious.
User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2845 times:

Not sure if it has been SOP for the POTUS to respond to letters, but this has been a focal point of Obama's message to the people.

While this is a positive thing that should be viewed in the eyes of many as such, this topic is going to sink quick.

Props to Obama for taking the time to read 10 "unscreened letters." (They had to have been read for threats and other biological warfare).



"It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."
User currently offlinetropical77W From Canada, joined Dec 2009, 65 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2704 times:

Canadian PM R.B. Bennett was notorious for answering mail during the Great Depression (he's one of Canada's underrated PM's, a tory who got overshadowed by his liberal predecessor AND successor). He would even send some of his own money to help impoverished families in need.

I think it needs to be understood that when you are a leader of the most powerful democratic government in the world, you live in a cocoon with very little contact with the outside world. Reading letters from the voters is a very good way to keep at least some medium of contact. Further, given that a letter is somewhat anonymous, people tend to say what they think.


User currently offlineplanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3531 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2542 times:

Holy cow - that article is an amazing piece of prose.

I don't usually read the Post, but reading that article makes me want to follow it more closely. Thanks for posting this interesting insight into the inner workings of the White House.



Do you like movies about gladiators?
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20182 posts, RR: 59
Reply 5, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2404 times:

I wrote Obama a letter criticizing the TSA's actions after the DTW bombing. I got back a photocopied, canned letter that didn't even answer my letter.

I was not impressed.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8216 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2353 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
wrote Obama a letter criticizing the TSA's actions after the DTW bombing. I got back a photocopied, canned letter that didn't even answer my letter.

I was not impressed.

Same here. I wrote Obama back when they were debating Afghanistan buildup suggesting that he needed to get out and encourage young college graduates to get their asses to Afghanistan and help with the civilian side of the hearts and minds effort. A national campaign of service to assist the military, if you will. All I got was a canned reply as well - about a month later.



If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlineplanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3531 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2247 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
I got back a photocopied, canned letter that didn't even answer my letter.

I was not impressed.
Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 6):
I wrote Obama back when they were debating Afghanistan buildup suggesting that he needed to get out and encourage young college graduates to get their asses to Afghanistan and help with the civilian side of the hearts and minds effort. A national campaign of service to assist the military, if you will. All I got was a canned reply as well - about a month later.

What do you guys expect? I mean, the White House gets 100,000 e-mails and 20,000 letters a week. You're both grown up and mature enough to realize that you can't expect a hand written/unique letter back from the president (or even an underling) just because you think you have a neat idea/comment. The same goes for past administrations as well.

If you want a personal response about an issue, write your Congressman or Senator. Most of the time, you will get a relatively authentic response from them (especially if you have policy questions or criticism), which may even be signed using a real ink pen. When I was in 8th grade, it was a part of Civics class for everyone to write a letter to their local Rep or Senator. I was told that I would get a personal response, and I did. Since then, I've written to my reps every so often, and I always get a personalized response. Even if it doesn't change their vote/opinion, you can at least feel like you told them what one of their constituents was thinking.



Do you like movies about gladiators?
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8216 posts, RR: 26
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2238 times:

Quoting planespotting (Reply 7):
What do you guys expect? I mean, the White House gets 100,000 e-mails and 20,000 letters a week. You're both grown up and mature enough to realize that you can't expect a hand written/unique letter back from the president (or even an underling) just because you think you have a neat idea/comment. The same goes for past administrations as well.

That's not what I expected. I don't think for a moment every valuable idea reaches the Oval Office or its minions - I just wasn't impressed with the substance of the autoreply letter,as well as the length of time it took.



If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 20182 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2229 times:

Quoting planespotting (Reply 7):

What do you guys expect?

A letter that answers mine, rather than speaking to a separate topic. When I wrote a letter expressing concern over the TSA's unilateral ability to enact ridiculous and possibly harmful restrictions in blind, flaling response to a terrorist attack, I didn't need a letter telling me that the President shares my concerns about airline security and is doing all that is possible to reduce the threat of a future attack. I know that. I want to know what they are going to do make sure that the TSA isn't a bigger threat than the terrorists.


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