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Sue Prout: A letter to the president

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Posted: October 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 29, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Dear Mr. President,

I am trying to look back over the last 60 years to see exactly when it happened that the president of the United States became a TV entertainer, a movie star darling eager to appear on television shows and giving personal appearances at show-business events.

How and when did we allow our president to be spoon-fed information important to this country from nonelected individuals within our government?

When did it first become apparent that our duly elected president was only a figurehead doing the bidding of those who surround him?

If I am way off base, I am only voicing what I, as well as others, are hearing as well as seeing.

It is my belief that most of us wish to see our president in his office going over events of the day, searching for resolutions to conflicts not only here, but around the world.

We want him to call on his staff to meet with him daily to keep him informed. Not just on electronic devices, but sit down face-to-face with everyone interacting real time.

It seems that you, sir, Mr. President, want to get as far away from that Oval Office as you can get.

Mr. President, you need to take your job more seriously. The working class who are on the job eight to 12 to 14 hours a day, maybe at two separate jobs, aren’t there to watch your TV performances. They can’t stay up late at night to see you or watch TV during the day.

If you want to become one with this productive society, you put in eight to 12 to 14 continuous hours daily earning the privileges that go with any job that creates results. No results, no privileges, just like any other job.

You don’t belong on television shows allowing others to make fun of you as our president or allowing you as our president to make fun of yourself.

You represent all of the citizens of this amazing country. You represent all of us, and we do not wish for you to allow yourself to be turned into a joke for the amusement of others.

You are our president, sir, and this is not a time, nor will there ever be a time, for you to allow yourself to be out there as the brunt of jokes. How can we expect the up-and-coming generation to respect your high office if they see you as just another lady on “The View?”

You are the president of the United States of America, sir, not a TV personality. Air Force One landing at LAX lost its luster some time ago. Your arrival in Los Angeles has become a royal pain in the you-know-where. Multiply that across the country.

Let someone else in your cabinet be the “cool guy.” You are not like everyone else, and that’s just fine.

Quit trying so hard to convince us all that you are just one of the folks because you are not. We understand that you are about as far away from any one of us as you can get.

You hold a special position in this country, so kindly act like it or we will find someone else who will respect the highest office in the land and acknowledge that he or she is the president of the United States of America and not a TV or movie personality.

Thank you, Mr. President, for your efforts to respect the office that you hold.

Sue Prout is a Valencia resident.


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