Dear Mr. President,
I’m doing my part to reelect you. I’m wearing a “Obama/Biden” button. I stuck a campaign sign in my yard (and handed out more to family and friends) and a bumper sticker on my car and my wife’s (despite never receiving the ones we were supposed to get for the campaign contributions we made a few months ago. Because you’ve been busy running the country, I’ll cut you some slack on that, though my wife is a little sore about that Obama car magnet she didn’t get).
We’ve given money to both you and your fellow Democrats. Don’t take this the wrong way, but one thing I’ll be glad about is when this election is over, I can get my junk mail folder back into some reasonable shape. Every day I get pleading e-mails from Senators, governors, members of Congress, party insiders, ex-presidents, ex-vice presidents and all sorts of Democrats/liberals/progressives begging for another $5 or $20 or $100 to make the difference and put them over the top. I’d love to help, but I’m a working man with bills to pay. If I could do more, I would do more, but I can’t and I’ll be glad when you and your friends stop pestering me for dollars I don’t have to give.
The other night, I went to one of your campaign offices to get these yard signs and this nice older gentleman convinced me to sign up to work a phone back the final weekend before the election. Why I offered to do this when I know I work weekends and I’m dead tired those mornings I agreed to call complete strangers to vote for you, I have no idea. I suppose I want to feel as though I did my part whether you win or lose.
Now I have a question. Have you ever seen Saving Private Ryan? Well, I want you to do me a favor Mr. President. Remember what Tom Hanks told Matt Damon? It’s time for you to do what he did. Earn this.
I’m a little annoyed at you, Mr. President. No. Scratch that. I’m not a little annoyed. I’m a lot annoyed bordering on seriously pissed off. After that debacle of a debate performance last week you may have noticed your lack of actions have had some serious consequences with the polls. Mitt Romney has come back from the dead and he has now tied you in some polls and leads you in a few others. According to whom you believe the race is a dead heat.
Were you not listening, Mr. President when Samuel L. Jackson told your supporters to “Wake the fuck up?” Did you think that meant you could take a 90 minute nap last Wednesday in front of 60 million Americans? Or are you suffering from sudden bouts of narcolepsy?
You didn’t just disappoint me, sir. You disappointed your supporters who were expecting you to fight harder for your own job. Or are you just trying to make things needlessly dramatic in this last month? If the polls are to be believed, I think you succeeded quite nicely.
I am “in” it to win it, Mr. President. I got your back. Do you have mine? Can you show me next week when you’re debating Romney you want to keep the job he wants to take from you? Can you prove to everyone you’ve given reason to doubt that you actually give a damn?
Your vice-president, Joe Biden, will have his chance to set things right on Thursday when he squares off against Mitt’s man, Paul Ryan. Nobody will ever accuse Joe of lacking passion. If anything, he has to put a leash on his passion in case his mouth out runs his brain. But a debate between Biden and Ryan won’t change the race that drastically. Only you can do that. You’ll have two more shots at doing so. Foreign policy is on the agenda for the October 16 debate and the last one is a town hall-style meeting on the 22nd. That’s it. In a race that will come down to who is more successful in energizing their base in nine or ten key states, turnout matters more than money, more than polls, more than ads, more than endorsements. \
It comes down to who wants it more.
Do you want it bad enough, Mr. President? Do you want it more than Mitt does? Are you willing to put in the time and the work to keep what is already yours?
Mitt isn’t going to give up. You had a chance to make him and you didn’t take it. That’s history now and if you lose this thing that shabby first debate will weigh heavily in the reasons why you lost.
But you haven’t lost. I went to vote today and I know there is an enthusiasm out there to keep you in the White House. There is what Dr. King called, “the fierce urgency of now.” Now is when this election is won or lost.
I am in. I am doing my part. I’m going to work for you and my country, Mr. President. I still believe in hope and change and I know it takes more than four years to bring it about.
You have to earn it. You don’t deserve it. Anything worth having is worth working for. And you have to go out and get it. It will not be given to you.
Can you take the momentum back? Can you put Mitt back on the ropes? Sure you can. Hell yes you can! But will you?
I’ m done with the recriminations. I’m not going to worry about it. I can’t laugh at your making fun of your own shitty performance. I just want you to take this as seriously as everyone supporting you is doing.
And I want you to earn this. It’s all out there for you, Mr. President. Show me you still want it.
- Pressure is on Biden after Obama’s lackluster debate performance (news.yahoo.com)
- It’s a dead heat: Multiple polls say it’s a tie between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama (news.nationalpost.com)
- The fundamentals of the race are still in our favor (dailykos.com)