BevnTempe’s Open Letter To The President Elect

Friday, January 16, 2009

Dear President-Elect Obama:

Thankfully you are soon to be the 44th President of the United States. The time between November 4, 2008 and January 20, 2009 has been long.

I, along with the 66+ million people who voted for you, are all looking for the changes that were highlights of your campaign. I want the economy fixed, foreclosures to end, health care offered, jobs restored, wars ended, the end of terrorism, Guantanamo closed, immigration controlled, freedom from fear, and to be proud of the United States of America.

I would like to see the endless and pointless bickering between the two political parties, simply for the sake of politics.

Most of all, I would like the other countries and governments of the world to respect the United States again.

I equate your enormous job of “fixing” the problems of the past eight years with trying to lose weight. It takes time to loose the extra pounds. The events that accumulated during the past presidency will not be able to be changed or corrected in a week, a month, a year or maybe even several years. There is so much to accomplish.

You are a brilliant man but you are not Super Man. Although many may expect changes to happen overnight, I realize it will take time. Hopefully, you will have the cooperation of both political parties. We are all citizens of the United States and although we may disagree with the method of how things should be accomplished, the end result is most important.

I have the utmost faith that you will work hard to accomplish the changes we all desire.


Beverly R.

Tempe, Arizona



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24 responses to “BevnTempe’s Open Letter To The President Elect

  1. Nicely stated Bev and glad you made the point that things are going to take time. I for one take great comfort in how the transition has gone so far and the caliber of people Obama has populated his administration with, it’s looking like we’re off to a great start!

  2. Nannymm

    Very well said, Bev. The analogy to losing weight is a good one. Obama will need time, discipline, and alot of support from all of us to shed the weight of Bush’s disasters. Tuesday we party. Wednesday we all get to work.

  3. dog's eye view

    Excellent post Bev.

    Patience is as much a virtue as intelligence and will.

  4. dnd

    Jeeze Bev, you sure want a lot 😉

    Seems to me that your points about getting rid of the endless bickering between parties and getting some respect globally would get go a long way to solve many of our problems.

  5. dnd

    Consumer prices fall in December:

    Translation: deflation.

  6. dnd

    Circuit City to liquidate remaining stores:

    Translation: bad deflation.

  7. dnd

    “NEW YORK – Citigroup Inc. on Friday announced its latest attempt to become profitable again: Splitting the bank into two pieces.”

    Translation: it’s hittin’ the fan.

  8. dnd

    “NEW YORK, Jan. 15 — A top economic adviser to the incoming Obama administration unveiled a plan Thursday to radically rethink the global financial system, including measures that would dramatically expand government control over banking and investment in the United States.”

    Translation: it’s already hit the fan.

  9. chefsheila

    Nicely said bev….now I’m really going to have to think after seeing yours. 😉

  10. chefsheila


    The Shit has hit the fan all right. The Republicans are not going to like this…

  11. dog's eye view

    I am just glad it hit on their watch. The public didn’t fall for Limbaugh’s “Obama recession” hypothesis either.

    Reading the second section of yesterday’s Wall Street Journal was sobering. Smurfit Stone about to declare bankruptcy; took on too much debt. Nortel Networks facing bankruptcy. Magazine ad buys down 24%. Newspapers looking at outsourcing their foreign coverage to local part-timers who work for a company that will lease their work to papers for a set fee (maybe $50K/month). News of 2-3 other nationally prominent companies announcing major layoffs.

    First page WSJ feature on how jobhunters, etc. are using public libraries for internet access and research assistance.

    We are in early meltdown mode. We are getting saner leadership. Some confidence will return in time, but how many companies and jobs disappear in meantime?

    On the other side, every economy has its opportunities too.


    Spoke with a local NYS policeman yesterday. His department carried out 37 evictions yesterday, in the midst of a financial meltdown and arctic blast weather here.

    The friend I am assisting was served with 72 hour eviction warning on the day before Thanksgiving. And the holiday counted as one of the days.

    Shabby times.

  12. Nannymm

    This piece, from the Progress Report, sums up the Bush presidency quite nicely:

    The 43 Who Helped Make Bush The Worst Ever

    Next week, “change is coming to America,” as President George W. Bush wraps up his tenure as one of the worst American presidents ever. He wasn’t able to accomplish such an ignominious feat all by himself, however; he had a great deal of help along the way. The Progress Report heralds the conclusion of the Bush 43 presidency by bringing you our list of the top 43 worst Bush appointees. Did we miss anyone? Who should have been ranked higher? Let us know what you think.

  13. dnd

    W.’s farewell theme song:

  14. unlikely_burrito

    HI everyone,

    Hey Bev great letter…… very well said.

    I wonder how many letters President Obama will actually receive on a daily basis once he is in the White House?

  15. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm oxtail stew!

  16. dog's eye view

    it’s so cool to have a president who might actually care what Americans think, and who realizes they love their country and want to step up to the plate too.

  17. dog's eye view

    ‘Thank God for America’: S.C. African-American woman, 92, thrilled to have reserved seat for swearing-in

    by Roddie Burris, from The State newspaper, Columbia SC

    GEORGETOWN, SC — Growing up at Hobcaw Barony on the South Carolina coast, Minnie Kennedy remembers a life of privilege at the plantation she was born on, though none of the privileges belonged to her.

    … This weekend, at age 92, Kennedy, who is fiercely proud and protective of her black heritage, is being driven to Washington, D.C., by a white Lexington County couple to claim two reserved seats for the swearing-in of Barack Obama as president.

    All around, people can’t seem to get enough of asking Kennedy about her life’s journey.

    Deep down, she understands the curiosity.

    “We went in America from being called slaves … to this, to that — we are now up to being called African-Americans,” the outspoken Kennedy said.

    “Over all those years, we have not yet become Americans, as far as America is concerned.”

    [Ms. Kennedy became a teacher in NYC, earned a master’s degree from NYU, and attended MLK’s 1963 speech in DC. ]

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