Dear Mr. President,
There has been much talk about the symbolism of your taking office. Obviously, having an African-American as President for the first time is a step forward for the country. We have read and heard much fine prose about the moment at hand. It is a proud time for all of us.
However, there are far more important things for us to consider, and it is you who we will depend upon. Our economy is at a changing point. The old ways of fixing it are likely outdated. We need to end and “win” two wars that have cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars. We need to unify as a country after many injuries inflicted from a reckless and arrogant band of felons. Our cities are crumbling; our infrastructure is in bad repair and we are at the mercy of a banking system that has failed us on a global scale. In some cases, our federal government has failed to do enough. In other cases, it has intervened unnecessarily. Our civil liberties are under siege. Illegal drugs surround our young people and our prisons are overflowing.
The problems are staggering. I do not envy you.
All that can be said is that you have a true mandate. You have won the largest election victory in a generation. It is your decision to do with it what you will. If you shrink from the task at hand and try to placate your political enemies, they will try to destroy you.
I believe that success lies in a path marked by belief in the people who were with you all along. Your extended hand of friendship to our countrymen is admirable. I believe it will be rejected. Once it is, be sure to go forward boldly towards progress.