Tuesday, April 21, 2009

He's listening

I was so moved by yesterday's New York Times' piece "Picking Letters, 10 a Day, That Reach Obama." In an age in which people rarely send letters and have forgotten the art and joy of a long phone call with a dear friend, the idea that our President gets a glimpse of what the American public has to say each day - even if it's only a sliver of the tens of thousands of letters, emails and faxes he receives every morning - warms my heart and gives me hope.

I'm hopeful that in spite of the inevitable bubble that surrounds him in DC, letters from people like you and me will remind him of the struggles regular people face, along with our aspirations for his historic presidency.

We may wake up to tough economic news and rising unemployment rates. We may wonder if the tide will ever turn. For District residents like myself, we may stroll by the White House and question how his new home and life has changed him - for the better or the worse? These are all sound and important questions. I don't have the answers to them, but I take comfort in knowing that he is listening.

So, keep writing.

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