Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Jesse Kornbluth: An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Jesse Kornbluth: An Open Letter to Michelle Obama: 'The President Will Listen to You'

Dear Mrs. Obama,
It seems as if everyone who cares about your husband is talking at him.

It doesn't seem as if he hears any of us.

But everything we know about your relationship suggests that he does listen to you.

So, with a sense of distress bordering on urgency, I'm using this public forum to urge you to pass on as much of this as you agree with.

My concern: For two years now, we have watched President Obama reach across the aisle, only to have his hand slapped away.

And yet he seems intent on continuing an approach that has damaged his administration and now has him cast, in the eyes of many, as weak, risk-averse and unworthy of respect.

Mrs. Obama, your husband has a better chance of killing Osama bin Laden than he does of forging a working partnership with John Boehner.

I know you've been busy with motherhood and your own projects, but even if you lived under a rock, you'd know this: You can't collaborate with people whose goal is to make you a one-term president. And it's not like it's a secret that the Republicans plan to destroy your husband's presidency -- when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was asked about the Republican agenda after the midterm elections, he said, "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." If that means blocking every bit of legislation proposed by the president or even shutting down the government, they'll do it.

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