The following was sent to the Whitehouse…
Dear Mr. President
I wanted to take a moment to ask you a question. First a little about me:
I am an Obama supporter. I have donated to your campaigns; not much though, I don’t have anything left. I support you to my peers, to my friends and to my family. I support your dream of hope. I know that you have a plate that is so full that it is hard to even notice if things fall off. Mr. President, I am an American.
I am your age. In fact you are only a couple of months older than I am. I relate to you Mr. President in a way that many cannot. I also understand the pressures you have on you and I can say that I doubt I could do your job. I am, however, grateful that you have chosen to do it.
Mr. President I can remember when my older brother went off to fight in Vietnam. I remember my father and I taking him to the airport after boot camp. I asked my father where (and why) he was going. My father only said he was going to defend us. I didn’t ask any more questions.
I remember shortly thereafter when my father woke me up to see Neil Armstrong land and walk on the moon. My father told me that I was witnessing history and I would remember it for the rest of my life.
A new history is unfolding now Mr. President. Young and old, hipsters and hippies, “gangsta’s” and suits, grandparents and grandchildren alike are taking to the streets of our country and occupying Wall St., Boston and other places throughout our great land. These people are the 99% and so am I.
Mr. President, a war has begun - a war that was started long before anyone took to the streets. You know about this war and are stuck in the middle. Sir, very soon this war may get more violent than some peaceful protesters getting arrested in violent ways. That could make this turn very ugly and neither you nor I want to see that.
I know that you have a difficult job and that it is hard for you to take sides. However I think it’s time that you reach out to your constituents, the ones that will re-elect you (I hope). Please Mr. President, address the 99%. Talk to us, understand us, and, for God’s sake, support us.
You speak of change. This is change and it’s time to truly support it. This is your opportunity Mr. President. This is your opportunity to be remembered as “the greatest since FDR” or to only be remembered as “the first Black president.”
You are better than that, Sir. Please give FDR a run for his money, Sir. Address the issue at hand.
A concerned American named,
Michael J. Albany
Because we do.