I am a 71-year old man, retired and financially solvent. I’m a great fan of yours. I write in the wake of the election, which had to be even harder on you than it was on me. May I offer a word of encouragement?
First, thank you for giving yourself, heart, soul, and mind, to the task of being our president. Thank you for working so hard and so ably to save a country in dire straits from the follies of the last administration. You’ve done a wonderful job. Thank you for changing the way America is regarded in the world. Thank you for the measures you took to avert a depression. Thank you for health care reform, for reining in the financial industry, for all you have done for education, for tax cuts for the middle class. Thank you for closing out our war in Iraq, for your commitment to ending DADT, for your efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.
You are such a rare gift, and in such a critical time. You are easily the best president of my lifetime, a person both intelligent and good. I pray often that God protect you, keep you strong, give you wisdom. What you are doing is so important, not just for our country but for the world. And, against powerful wealthy interests, it is all so difficult to do. They will stop at nothing to destroy you.
Will you stay the course for us nevertheless? Will you keep leading, keep doing the right things even if you continue to meet misrepresentation and opposition? That is the hope that I and so many others repose in you.
I could be wrong, but I have this idea that, while in the Senate, you felt a call. You saw the leadership vacuum and you offered yourself. You knew it would be difficult. You just didn’t know it would be this difficult.
Abraham Lincoln suffered in the White House, day after day, in the long bleak winter of the Civil War. He held out, and the right thing was finally done. I see your situation in much the same terms. And the question that troubles me is: If you don’t do it, who will?
I pray that you will not lose heart, Barack, even though the going just got even harder, that you will find the strength to carry on. May Michelle help you keep your perspective and your dedication. May the kids continue to bring you the joys that only kids can give. And may God continue to be your refuge and your strength.
Thank you for everything you have done. God bless you as the journey continues.
I found this letter on a website I’d prefer not to link (too much hating going on there!), the person who posted it asked for it to be spread around (it was written by the person’s brother-in-law and sent to the President). I have contacted the poster asking if they want to be credited in any way for the letter, will let you now if I hear back
If you would like to forward this letter to the President just copy it and paste it in to the message box here on the contact page of the White House website. In the subject box just click on the last option, ‘Other’. Just a suggestion, you could write…..
“I found this on the internet (Nov 11, 2010), this man speaks For me”
…..at the start of the letter?
I hope you don’t mind but I have slightly edited the letter so that it will fit in to the 2,500 character limit of the message box – the unedited letter is here