March 01, 2009
Chance President Obama will read your letter? 1 in 4,000
Not me, that's for sure, until I read this morning's fascinating Washington Post front page story by Eli Saslow about life in the world's ultimate bubble: the U.S. presidency.
The opening paragraph: "Each morning when he arrives at the Oval Office, President Obama asks his staff to deliver him a package containing 10 letters. It is a mere sampling of the 40,000 or so that Americans send to the White House every day — a barrage of advice from students and teachers, small-business owners and the unemployed. In between his daily meetings with senior staff members and Cabinet secretaries, Obama has made a habit of sitting alone behind his desk and reading one letter at a time, friends and advisers said. The exercise is intended to help keep him grounded, but it also provides Obama with a glimpse beyond the White House walls and the Secret Service perimeter into what the president sometimes refers to as "the real world."
And: "Obama has learned during his first 40 days in the White House that he must fight to preserve such direct connections to the citizens he leads. Obama's life as president is outsourced to about 25 assistants, 25 deputy assistants and 50 special assistants who act as a massive siphon to control the information that reaches his desk and schedule the meetings and public appearances that shape his days. A correspondence staff sorts through his mail and selects the 10 letters that he reads."
I wonder what's the chance the President will read this post....
I'll let you know if I hear anything.
March 1, 2009 at 04:01 PM | Permalink
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Yeah, yeah, interesting.
Now the really important question is: who (what?) is acting as the massive siphon at bookofjoe international headquarters?
Posted by: Flautist | Mar 1, 2009 5:02:54 PM
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