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Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:06 pm

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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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:25 pm

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:29 pm

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).
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:08 am

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.
 
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:33 pm

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Wed Apr 07, 2010 11:25 pm

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Thu Apr 08, 2010 12:25 am

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:13 pm

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:17 pm

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.
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RE: Obama Responds To Letters From The People

Thu Apr 08, 2010 3:39 pm

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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