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Friday
Jul082011

Dear President Obama

As most of you know, The Candyman and I moved to North Carolina as an immediate reaction to the “displacement” of my position in Nashville. While I work from home every day either on this blog, or TruLu Couture or hunting for the ever-elusive home décor product development position, I do work. As a part of the elusive job hunting scenario, I am an active member on LinkedIn and am a part of different groups that help inspire, lead, promote and guide. I belong to groups such as the Gift & Home Trade Association, Home Furnishings Industry Professionals as well as Wedding Industry Professionals. I get email updates on comments and articles and such that I try to breeze through each day. I was recently browsing a thread on one of my groups called Future Trends. Generally topics include things like why the sense of smell is not fully integrated into product design, bringing passion back to corporate planning and infographics on why people follow certain brands. It may not be the most riveting material, but it applies to my worlds, so I read. This particular thread was in response to the article 50 Things Every America Should Know About the Collapse of the Economy. Two men were going back and forth, not unkindly or with malice, but in a very professional way (surprisingly), bouncing statements and facts and links to articles back and forth, back and forth. I got tired of the rhetoric after a bit and scanned down to the bottom of the thread and found this:

This is a chilling letter from Lou Pritchett who use to be an executive to the president of Proctor and Gamble. The last sentence is the most chilling.
Lou Pritchett is one of corporate America's true living legends. He is an acclaimed author, dynamic teacher and one of the world's highest rated speakers. Successful corporate executives everywhere recognize him as the foremost leader in change management. Lou changed the way America does business by creating an audacious concept that came to be known as "partnering." Pritchett rose from soap salesman to Vice-President, Sales and Customer Development for Procter and Gamble and over the course of 36 years, made corporate history. Here's his take on the state of things today.
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible means of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.
You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail..
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh's, Hannity's, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years
Lou Pritchett
NOTE: This letter was sent to the NY Times but they never acknowledged it. Big surprise. Snopes validates its authenticity, but you can check it out at this link: http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/youscareme.asp By Mike Fromowitz, Partner, President, Chief Brand Officer- MANTRA PARTNERS INC.

It’s probably no surprise to anyone (maybe it is), that I am a screaming liberal. OK, maybe not screaming, but liberal I am. The Candyman and I have recently talked quite a bit about what we see as the fear-based mentality of the conservative parties in this country. It’s all doom and gloom. It’s all pointing of fingers and clutching of monies and stamping of feet and hatred towards our President. While I do NOT consider myself well versed in all the political facts that I should in order to write the following (in response, in bold), it’s what I believe as a regular ol’ unemployed citizen of this country.

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.

You are the ninth President under whom I have lived and unlike all but President Carter, you continue to inspire me and give me hope that you are indeed, looking out for the best interests of this country and that you’re not blowing smoke up my bum.

You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.

After several years, so far, you’ve impressed me with your ability to remain faithful to your wife, a good father to your children and have not shown up on YouTube or Twitter with information or pictures about your private life that I do not wish to see or know.

You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible means of support.

I’m impressed that an intelligent Africa American and his wife can work hard, educate themselves, work as lawyers and pay for what they have. I also respect your right to privacy on how those were funded, as long as those means were legal and fair, which I assume is true, given no  reason to think otherwise.

You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.

Mr. President, I spent my formative years being dragged from one state to the next and from one country to the next. I do not consider myself any less American having lived and traveled elsewhere in this world. I believe you feel the same.

You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.

President Obama, many of our most successful leaders and presidents were farmers, businessmen and soldiers. Running this country as our largest companies do their own? No thank you. I’m okay with your lawyer, non-CEO status. 

You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don't understand it at its core.

Simply because our country no longer has a draft and because you’ve been either too young/too old to serve in a war or because you simply chose a different career path doesn’t mean you aren’t capable of leading troops or this country.

You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others.

Mr. President, I believe you are the coolest cucumber behind the podium. I also believe that sometimes the truth is ugly and hurts.

 You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.

Mr. President, I see you as an ambassador to all, listening without reproach and making sound judgments after careful consideration. I wish I could always do the same.

You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the 'blame America ' crowd and deliver this message abroad.

Mr. President, taking responsibilities for ones actions and admitting fault is courageous.

You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.

President Obama, the private sector of our country has taken it’s liberties to the extreme, creating self-entitled loop holes. As a country we must be responsible. If that includes government sanctions to control and teach until we learn, I’m all for it.

You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.

The population of our country is obese, sedentary and sick. Health care costs continue to rise. Again, company controlled entities make it harder and harder to get healthy, stay healthy and keep costs to a minimum. If we can’t do it alone, then we need help.

You scare me because you prefer 'wind mills' to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.

Mr. President, please continue to fund research to encourage alternate forms of energy before we completely deplete the earth of its natural resources.

You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.

 Mr. President, please kill that goose. The highest standard of living is now relegated to the top percentage of people in this country, not the country as a whole.

You scare me because you have begun to use 'extortion' tactics against certain banks and corporations.

President Obama? Do what you’ve got to do to get our money back from banks and corporations who have mismanaged funds for decades in order to line their own pockets.

You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.

Mr. President, there are party members who are scared of the challenge you have laid on the table to step up, shut up and get to work on new ideas and proposals. Fear is a strong emotion and some find it easier to not  do than to do. I’m sure you can handle those people appropriately.

You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.

"Opposing views from intelligent people" have been running this country into the ground for the last decade. Perhaps, Mr. President, those intelligent people will shut up and listen themselves? Let’s hope so. 

You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.

Mr. President? You are the President. You probably know a lot. I’ll have faith that you do unless proven otherwise.

You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.

President Obama, I have no idea what the media gives you or takes away from you. What is a media free pass?

You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaugh's, Hannity's, O'Reillys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.

I am not sure how, Mr. President, you are silencing anyone. However, if you are able to remove Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly and Becks as doomsday, naysaying talking heads? I’d sure appreciate it.

You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.

Verb

govern (third-person singular simple present governs, present participle governing, simple past and past participle governed)

  1. (transitive) To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  2. (transitive) To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
    Govern yourselves like civilized people.
    a student who could not govern his impulses.
  3. (transitive) To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
    Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
  4. (transitive) To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
    a valve that governs fuel intake.
  5. (intransitive) To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  6. (intransitive) To have or exercise a determining influence.
  7. (transitive) To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.

Sometimes governing IS controlling. Someone needs to be in charge, no?

Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in 8 years.

Mr. President, we all know that unless we change, truly change, as a country we could fail ourselves. On your watch, I don’t think you’d let that happen despite what others say against you. It is my hope that a second term will lengthen the stride of our baby steps towards a new, better and repaired county.

Sincerely,

The Thirty-Something Bride

*Note: Commentary, political views, comments, opposing or otherwise- all are welcome here. Name calling will not be tolerated and any comments doing so will be deleted.

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Reader Comments (11)

Amen! It's terrifying to me that someone like Pritchett would write a letter like this and use his position to foster fear mongering.

To his point about not knowing about how Pres. Obama paid for his education, etc: Michelle Obama spoke at my school during the campaign, and one of the topics she addressed was student loans. She discussed how both she and Mr. Obama used student loans to pay for their very expensive educations, and how they only finished paying them off when Mr. Obama wrote his first book. Whether the part about the book was true or not (though I have no reason to not believe her) I was comforted by the knowledge that the man for whom I was voting had firsthand knowledge of what it was like to deal with student loans.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

I don't really have much to add because you said everything I would have said. I swear whenever I see letters like the original one via LinkedIn, I can feel my blood pressure rising!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

"You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people."

This line made me laugh out loud and completely obliterated any point that Lou was trying to make. Oh, if only we could always speak in sweeping generalizations, life would be so grand! We wouldn't need brains at all!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKerry

Great response! I am so sick of the fear-mongering and the lies! Anyone who doesn't buy into the Beck/Hannity/Bachmann/&co. paranoia is labeled socialist or screaming liberal, or what have you. And those are made out to be bad things. Which I don't actually believe either, but the perspective has been so screwed with that we are now living in topsy-turvy land and good is bad and love it hate and many of the things that Mr. Pritchett complains of are the reasons I voted for Obama!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda May

Bravo! Beautifully written response.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoanna

Well said and well done! I enjoyed your thoughtful retort to an unsettling and quite frankly, infuriating "letter."

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNatosha

Thank you for writing this intelligent, well thought response. It is nice to know that there are others who feel the same way I do, without being "socialist" or "anti-American".

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

No words. I have no words as to how a sector of conservatives have convinced themselves that they are forcibly being muzzled at the very same time that they are roaring loud enough to drown out all sounds around them.

It's the "us v. the world" myth that gives them collective strength, though.

I lean left of center. I am no slobbering fan of President Obama, but I like the levelheadedness he's brought to the position. I've disagreed with some of his endeavors and applauded others. But in no way do I believe he's deserving of the ire, the malice, the downright paranoid suspicion with which some view him. THESE are the people, honestly, that scare me.

Lou scares me.

Thank you for this piece, Louise.

July 9, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlyn

Oooooh, this was so good!!!!! I can't talk politics. Not at all. I honestly was not born with that section of the brain. (That section must have also included accounting and economics and how to cook meat on the stove top.) So I had very low expectations of getting anything out of this post when I first started reading it - But I was wrong. I did understand most of it!

I would love to add more of why I voted for Obama and why I like and trust him, but it would come out sounding very high school-ish and trite I'm sure. So I won't embarrass myself and I'll just stick with - I liked this so much I forwarded it to my husband and friend!!!!

Also, as a side note -you were in my dream last night and you were running a toy factory that Justin worked at. He got hurt there and couldn't work any more. You tried to compensate our family with a lifetime supply of wind up monkeys and Barbie Escalade.

All I could think when I woke up was that you better have a good lawyer ;)

abby

July 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterabby

Abby, I think you're under-estimating the value of a lifetime supply of wind up monkeys and the Escalade, dude

July 11, 2011 | Registered CommenterLouise

Seeing as how the first thing I said to Jason this morning while reading the news today was something along the lines of %^&(@%^*(!&#@#%^*&(@*(!#%&!#%& conservatives who are gutting this country due to malicious and willful ignorance (destroying seniors, poor people, women, and the entire middle class) to get there, while STILL ignoring economic growth and whipping up small-minded hatred... I applaud you and this wonderful letter. Every day I get angrier and more disconsolate with the current state of US politics. Logic and facts seem to have no place in current political discourse and it's frankly DANGEROUS given where we're heading economically, socially, and with respect to long-term security (military, energy, or otherwise). We all need to be speaking up.

July 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecca

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