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President Obama - It's About The Vocabulary

Updated on February 23, 2013

Dear President Obama:

I'm writing to tell you that I support you and believe that you are a good man who really wants to make a difference. voted for you in both elections. I worked at your campaign headquarters in my town because I believed in you. A part of me still does but to be honest, I'm a little tired of hearing how much "I" has done by himself. You can't do it alone Mr. President and neither can the rest of us. It's about "us", not "I".

Personally sir, I have a problem with your vocabulary. Too many times I hear you tell us what "you" have or will do. But sir, you're not doing anything alone. Take a look around you. When was the last time you were really alone? When was the last time you did anything by yourself? Do you see where I am going with this?

Mr. President, "we" the people helped get you there. Hundreds of secret service agents have kept you safe. Hundreds of people in the White House have kept your family fed, entertained, and comfortable. Dozens of journalists have followed you from town to town to keep the rest of informed of your efforts. Thousands of our troops have died and hundreds of thousands of them are still fighting a war for you, and me too.

Do you ever think about the mechanics that keep Air Force One in the air? And the State Troopers that clear the roads for your caravan, do you think of them when you're out there telling us what you've done? What about the team that mows the White House lawn or the members of your staff that shop for the White House groceries or empty the kitchen waste containers? While I'm at it, what about the Hollywood celebs that have hosted those fancy fundraisers for you? See Mr. President, you haven't done it alone.

I want you to be successful Mr. President. I really do. People are still struggling and hurting all over this nation. Many have lost faith in democracy. As a people we are more cynical than at any other time in my life and, I'm not that young. We need something we can believe in, desperately.

So Mr. President, I am writing today to tell you that I believe in you and I believe that together, as citizens of this great country, we can do gret things. It's not too late for us and it's not too late for you to become a President that is known for being a "peoples" President.

You have four more years to show us the real Barack Obama, the one who walked the streets of Chicago among the people. It's not too late for you to turn things around for the little guys, the Native Americans, and for the homeless, the poor, and the elderly. Forget the academic speeches. Learn to say "we" instead of "I". You need us and we need you.

I don't care if you smoke or eat junk food and I don't care how much basketball you play either. What I care about is giving credit where credit is due and I care about my country. I want a President that cares more about the people who elected him than about his own ego. It's not about you Mr. President. It's about "us" and "our" future. And I still think you care enough to give us what we need?

Sincerely,

A believer in the power of "we the people".

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    My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

    Lol, me too.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hey My Esoteric ! Long ago I leared that to argue with a fool is to become one but I can't resist when someone tells me they don't exercise their right to vote. It makes me crazy!

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    My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

    President John Adams, before he was that, wrote that for our form of government to work, the people, in this case meaning while, male, often Christian, property owners to be [a] "virtuous" [electorate]. In those days, he was thinking of Aristotle's idea of virtue meaning "being the best electorate possible." He went on to say that if the public fails at this, the country will fail.

    I think of this when people tell me they have "dropped out" or that "it doesn't make any difference". I think of this when they say the political process is broken and respond, well ... "who broke it? Who can be the only responsible party in a republican form of government?"

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello My Esoteric! What great comments. Frankly, I am fed up with the whole process. The amount of money that is spent on these campaigns makes me ill. My personal philosphy leans a little more towards the progressive/independent/green platforms but I realize that a green vote often turns an election upside down. It just doesn't have the root support it needs yet. So much to think about. It's a real responsibility, if you take democracy seriously.

    I had not thought about the Coffee Party Newsletter. Thanks for the suggestion and...thanks for reading and commenting. I love the exchange of ideas.

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    Two Minute Review 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

    One other point that has Romney at a disadvantage is that Obama is clearly at ease in front of adoring crowds. One of the knocks on him is that he's the first president in history to win an election and keep campaigning anyway!! Like most politicians, they just eat up the adulation. Romney seems like he'd rather get about the business of governing, and campaigning seems to be that thing he HAS to do to get elected. It probably helps explain how he alternates between wooden and stiff whenever you see him in public...

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    My Esoteric 5 years ago from Keystone Heights, FL

    You make good points with your hub, LRC. In reading through the comments, I am struck by a different thought, however. That is there seems to be too much focus on the candidate rather than the Party and its platform and history.

    Granted, Obama is standoffish and apparently arrogant, personality flaws for a politician for sure, but what does he stand for? What are the principles he and his Party follow when proposing policies for our country? What has been the history of success or failure of these policies over the last 215 years? What are the answers to these questions when thinking about Romney?

    Personally, I don't look to the candidate, I look at the philosophy and to me Conservatism has failed badly in both the economic and the social arenas, while moderation/progressivism as been a relative success. As a consequence, I must do what is needed to keep or put moderates and progressives into power and keep conservatives out of power; whoever they are.

    BTW, have thought about submitting your hub to the Coffee Party Newletter? It may have more of a chance of getting seen by a campaign staffer.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    wba108 - I think you're right. I do think our President cares. I think he wants to make our world a better place. But...his education gets in the way. I've been an organizer and one of my most painful lessons was being reminded that the non-profit I started was not "mine". Legally it was mine but the success of it was totally dependent on the hard work of volunteers and the support of those we were working for. Ownership gets in the way of many things. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.

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    wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

    Good point here, our elected representatives are supposed to be the servants of "we the poeple" and not thier masters! Although, if you listen to the president he sounds as if he would rather make our decisions for us because he thinks he's so much smarter than the rest of us! Since he's been in office the government has become much more powerful and intruded more and more into the private lives of the citizens presumably because he cares so much and knows whats best for us!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Two Minute Review. Thanks for explaining your feelings. John Huntsman turned my head also. I liked what I heard from him and was hopeful. I wish that I could give you a good argument against Romney. But honestly, it's just a gut feeling. Everytime I listen to him I get this reaction in my gut. I agree that he could be helpful with our economy but I think his lack of verbal discipline and skill has the potential to destroy any good relationships that might form with other world leaders. In business you can afford to be a hot-head sometimes but on the world stage, you need a little diplomacy and class. Obama has made some mistakes, granted. We have no perfect, or even great choice in November, I don't think. But I hate that it will be a race between two parties rather than a clear choice for the right person. Good conversation. Thanks!

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    Two Minute Review 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

    Well, perhaps ARDENT is a little too strong of a word. But I'm COMFORTABLY in the Romney camp, I'll put it that way. I guess the reason is that the Democrats seem to infuriate me a bit more in the positions they take. Whether it's their firm opposition to voter ID (despite it's overwhelming popularity AND common sense), their Don Quixote-like obsession with windmills (and other forms of green energy) that are just not practical (yet), and their willingness to play the race card at the drop of a hat bothers me quite a bit more than the GOP's intransigence on tax increases and other issues where I part with them. I was a big fan of Jon Huntsman, but sadly I fear that he is not long for my party...

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    I appreciate your viewpoint Two Minute Review and I understand what you're saying. I hate to break the news to these politicians but they are all replaceable. lol Since I am still pushing my way through this mud, could you tell me why you are an ardent Romney supporter?

    Thanks for reading my rant too! lol

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    Two Minute Review 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, United States

    As an ardent Romney supporter, I can assure you that you will get no less narcissism from him. It seems to be a job requirement. But if he says "I" less and "We" more, it may come across that he's replaceable, and that's exactly the message he DOESN'T want to send during a campaign!!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Junko ! For the record, my hub was 630 words long and I used the word "I" 29 times while expressing my personal feeling. "I" wrote it all by myself so I am comfortable taking the credit. lol Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Billy, we have to care. I am so torn right now but I care a lot. I'm 57 years old and was laid off in April. I can't find work and my health insurance is $655 a month. I worked in healthcare for 35 years. I know what is wrong with the system. My parents are in their 80's. They never had a lot of money, just lots of love. One serious illness or placement in a nursing home could strip them of their finances and, their dignity. The welfare system is totally broken and we're involved in the rescue of too many other countries. We bailed out the banking and automotive industry but have done little to help regular folk. I just can't make sense of it all. Mitt Romney scares me to death. Ron Paul won't get enough votes to win. Personally, I feel trapped. Interestingly, I just turned on the news and there was a blurb where some Navy Seals are attacking Obama for taking credit for killing Bin Laden. I guess I'm not the only one who thinks there's just a little too much "me" in his campaign. But, it's just more validation for what I already knew. Words are powerful. Cheers!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Quite honestly I don't know what I'll do either. I don't like to discuss politics, but the President is leaving me feeling cold and uncared for. I would love to see him strap on some courage and take on the Republicans....just duke it out with them and let the best man win...instead we continue with this placating attitude and rhetoric that is meaningless. I guess I am just too soured on politics right now to care very much. Anyway, great hub!

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    junko 5 years ago

    My dear fellow American do you realize how many times you used I in this post? It is hard to defend oneself when accused of personal failure using the word WE. The President made a simular statement about business owners not being successful by themselves. He was right and wrong is that statement. You my friend is also right in the hub.