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Michelle Obama: Barack Obama Reads 10 Letters a Day, Forwards Them to Staffers With “This is Who We’re Fighting For” Note

Hyping the SOTU

if she were just a celebrity...VineThe State of the Union starts in a few hours, and the push to drum up an audience continues. In an e-mail from the White House sent earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama explains that tonight’s speech will be based not on piles of papers or meetings, but on the things her husband reads late at night. Have you been writing him?

The e-mail:

Tonight, Barack will deliver his fifth State of the Union address.

You might think that this speech was born out of a pile of papers or a long series of meetings. But actually, the real motivations -- and the real substance -- behind tonight's speech come from those quiet moments late at night, when Barack is at his desk reading your letters.

He reads at least 10 a day, from folks all across the country. You write him to say thank you, or to weigh in on a policy issue. You tell him about your families, and what's going on in your lives. And he listens.

These letters turn into real action. I've seen it happen: He'll write in the margins "This is who we're fighting for," and then he'll pass them on to his senior staff.

Take a look at this video -- you'll see what I mean. Then make sure to let him know you'll be watching tonight.

Barack is always up late before big speeches like this one.

And all day today, I know that he'll be making changes to the speech right up until the last hour.

It's not only because he wants to get that final draft just right. It's because he cares deeply about your stories and your hopes and dreams. That's what keeps him going every single day.

We hope you'll be watching:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sotu

Thanks,

First Lady Michelle Obama

I wonder if the same people who pre-select the “average citizens” who get to ask the president questions at “town halls” pre-select which letters he spends his nights reading? It seems if he were actually reading a random sampling of the mail he gets, he might have a little more understanding of why so many Americans are so disenchanted with his policies. Most Americans, anyway, are probably as uninterested in writing a letter to the president as they are in listening to him talk.

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    He reads at least 10 a day, from folks all across the country. You write him to say thank you, or to weigh in on a policy issue. You tell him about your families, and what's going on in your lives. And he listens.

    This is nauseating. This is caudillo shit.

  • fish||

    He cares for you....why do you resist him?

  • ||

    And yet they keep writing it. So either they're utterly tone-deaf, the people they are trying to reach are complete idiots, or both.

  • gaijin||

    Both.

  • playa manhattan||

    "This is who we're fighting giving speeches for,"

  • OldMexican||

    He reads at least 10 a day, from folks all across the country.


    How cute! She calls his bundler and enablers "Folks"!

    I believe those are Potemkin letters.

  • Sevo||

    "He [the peasant] thought of him [the Tsar] as a father-figure who knew all the peasants personally by name, understood their problems in all their minute details [...]. Hence the peasant tradition of sending direct appeals to the Tsar - a tradition that [...] continued well into the Soviet era [...]"
    Figes: "A People's Tragedy"

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    I wonder if the same people who pre-select the “average citizens” who get to ask the president questions at “town halls” pre-select which letters he spends his nights reading?

    He probably has the same rule as a spoiled kid has for birthday cards: only read the ones that come with a check.

  • Irish||

    Volokh Conspiracy is trolling the hell out of the Washington Post readership.

    If we want more income equality, should we return to the economy of George W. Bush?

    The president under whom the poorest quintile enjoyed the largest increase in after-tax household income was George W. Bush. And the two administrations under whom the richest quintile and richest 1 percent fared the worst were the two Presidents Bush. Among Barack Obama’s four immediate predecessors, the two biggest income equalizers were George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.
  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    The Post has Volokh and Balko? No more Klein? Maybe this is the libertarian moment.

  • Sevo||

    And they canned Ezra Klein!

  • ||

    Nice try, but I can tell this is from The Onion.

  • CatoTheElder||

    Thanks for pointing this out. I suppose the First Lady Michele Obama gave it away.

  • CatoTheElder||

    That is, the First Lady Michele Obama signature line is really vulgar.

  • Bardas Phocas||

    You're assuming this bullshit is true.
    Instead, assume it's vapid, smarmy propaganda someone in the Whitehouse staff thought up to show how The Obama loves and empathizes with the peasantry.

    [then start imagining smashing that whitehouse staffers face with both fists]

  • SusanM||

    Wonderful. Here I am freezing my ass off by skimping on heat to afford mandatory insurance and The Big O is reading letters like a benevolent god-king. Nothing to cut...

  • John C. Randolph||

    Ten a day?

    Big fucking deal. Steve Jobs read ALL his mail.

    -jcr

  • Tony||

    Christ man who pissed in your cheerios? It's like you people look for reasons to be upset.

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    You seem to be confusing upset with mockery. The idea that Obama stays up at night reading emails from the plebes is hilarious.

    When you combine this with the fact that his White House is exercising unprecedented levels of control regarding image and access it does come off as a bit creepy and cultish.

  • Tony||

    I see.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    When you combine this with the fact that his White House is exercising unprecedented levels of control regarding image and access it does come off as a bit creepy and cultish.

    Here is evidence of him studying at the foot of the master.

    Please Stand.

  • GILMORE||

    ...said the endlessly trolling griefer douchebag

  • Sevo||

    Tony|1.28.14 @ 6:57PM|#
    "Christ man who pissed in your cheerios? It's like you people look for reasons to be upset."

    His shoes need licking so the shine on TV; get your ass in gear.

  • Irish||

    The president reads emails with all of the negative ones filtered out so that he can stroke his own ego and ignore the actual consequences of his policies.

    I'm not really upset because this pretty much just confirms my opinion of the man.

  • Tony||

    You aren't seriously condemning him for not subjecting himself to a daily supply of "Go Two Hell Kenyon Socialist/Communist/Marxest/Hitler!"

    Some people actually do have real problems in this country.

  • Sevo||

    Tony|1.28.14 @ 7:09PM|#
    ..."Some people actually do have real problems in this country."

    Yes, and moral cripples appeal to the gov't for help with them.

  • Irish||

    No, I'm condemning him for pretending he gives a shit about anyone other then himself when his entire biography, every word, and every action suggest otherwise.

    Some people actually do have real problems in this country.

    Yes, and Obama has shown himself impressively incapable of addressing them.

  • OldMexican||

    Re: Tony,

    Some people actually do have real problems in this country.


    I am sure they all must receive a cathartic release from telling the king about their problems, because the whole thing is kind of pathetic.

  • GILMORE||

    "We read the letters every night, and say, "THESE ARE THE IDIOTS WHO POLLING TELLS US VOTE FOR ME = WHAT MUST I TELL THESE FOOLS?"

  • Mumu Bobby||

    Exactly. This is focus grouped so it's 'written in' to reality. I find it hilarious that anybody would believe it. But Democrats do seem to like to be lied to.

  • ||

    Jesus fucking Christ, they're begging people to watch. Maybe they understand that most of us just don't give a fuck.

  • playa manhattan||

    I might watch after a few Hairy Eyeballs (24 oz, obviously).

  • ||

    Yeah, just keep rubbing it in, smart guy.

  • playa manhattan||

    In all seriousness, they might be gone for the season. I'm going out to get groceries and I'll report back what I find.

    I really wish I hadn't consumed that entire case in less than a week...

  • ||

    Oh, I'm pretty sure you're right because the beer dork at Metropolitan seemed to think that that was it for the season too. And I got screwed. At least I turned you onto it, and you could actually get some.

  • GILMORE||

    So I'm guessing NO ONE wrote a letter saying, "hey fucktard = thanks a lot for tripling my health expenses. Eat a bag of dicks."

  • Irish||

    I'm guessing whoever's job it is to shield Barack Obama's ego from criticism just sort of casually dropped that one in the garbage.

  • Sevo||

    That ONE?!

  • Grand Moff Serious Man||

    If they didn't filter out the abusive ones I'm willing to bet 90% of the messages would be similar to that.

  • GILMORE||

    I hope he got my letter asking for a Red Ryder BB gun this year

  • Sevo||

    Oh, he did!
    And immediately handed it over the the ATF.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Hmmm, are these letters actually addressed to BO or is he just searching the mail?

  • Lady Bertrum||

    Dear NSA, Please forward this to President Obama.

    YOU SUCK!

    Thank you.

  • Anvil||

    They probably use a document/word scanner (like used for resumes) to only select letters of praise based on certain words.

  • fish||

    In the name of Barack the beneficent, the merciful.

    Praise be to the Lord of the Government who has created us and made us into tribes and nations, that we may know each other, not that we may and despise each other.

    If the citizenry incline towards peace, do not thou incline towards peace, and trust in Obama, for he is the one that heareth and knoweth all things. And the servants of Barack, Most Gracious are those who walk on the Earth in deference to his authority, and when we address them, we say "Vote."

  • Mumu Bobby||

    A smart staff would just write them up themselves. Are we really going to trust the citizenry to throw their words at the King? Outside of the celebrities I mean.

  • gaijin||

    Dear Mr President-

    Thank you for reading my letter. This year, it is my birthday. If it wouldn't be too much trouble, I would like a nice cake. And ice cream, vanilla if that's ok with you. Oh and a BB gun.

    Thank you

  • OldMexican||

    Obama writes back: "You'll shoot out eye out, kid! Merry Christmas, ho, ho, ho!""

  • OldMexican||

    He reads at least 10 a day, from folks all across the country. You write him to say thank you, or to weigh in on a policy issue. You tell him about your families, and what's going on in your lives. And he listens.


    And all of you call him "Father."

  • playa manhattan||

    Hmm, this thing is not only silly, but is also a lie. The president NEVER handles mail. EVER. It is all scanned offsite and digitized.

  • GILMORE||

    Mail? No silly, he's reading NSA intercepts.

  • playa manhattan||

    On his iPad!

  • GILMORE||

    All humor aside...

    ...seriously = if the guy WAS reading '10 letters a day from randomized idiots', I'd want someone to smack him and grab him by the lapels and go, "JESUS MAN, SNAP OUT OF IT! YOU HAVE A JOB HERE! THERE'S A WAR STILL GOING ON!"

    No, somehow he finds the time between golf, policing the world, supervising the NSA, and Creating Jobs to *care about all us little folks* (wipes tear from eye)...

    I don't know why, but I am reminded of this iconic commercial:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oaiV8MQH7s

    cause he's that kind of guy

  • ||

    10?

    Out of how many I want to know, dammit!

    So those are the faces behind the utterly banal, Marxist speeches. Ah.

    ***

    Obama:'This is who we're fighting for."
    Flunky: The guy who lost his insurance?
    Obama: No, the other pile.
    Flunky: The worried small business owner about increased minimum wage and disturbing anti-private rhetoric?
    Obama: Ha, ha. No, that's from the 'I-gnore' pile.
    Flunky (nervously shuffles papers. Pulls one out): 'My son was killed by a drone...
    Obama: Are you gonna be serious for fuck sakes?
    Flunky: "...NSA has been spying on me and I'm worried..."
    Obama (gets up angrily): This! We fight for these people!
    Flunky: That's a picture of Robespierre sir
    Obama: Is it now? He's a metaphor. For all those I fight for.

  • Mumu Bobby||

    Left unsaid, Bush used to read just 8. Same number as Hitler.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Barack Obama Reads 10 Letters a Day, Forwards Them to Staffers With “This is Who We’re Fighting For” Note"

    And no one gives a shit.

  • Ken Shultz||

    "Barack Obama Reads 10 Letters a Day, Forwards Them to Staffers With “This is Who We’re Fighting For” Note"

    Incidentally, when Michelle is off on one of her fabulous vacations? I bet she's sends selfies to a lot more than just ten people.

    And none of them give a shit about her stupid antics either.

  • RishJoMo||

    Jeremy Joseph is not going to like that.

    www.Anon-Stuff.tk

  • cheap soccer jerseys||

    The president reads emails with all of the negative ones filtered out so that he can stroke his own ego and ignore the actual consequences of his policies.

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