Dear Mr. President – May 18, 2020

May 18 2020
Dear Mr. President,
How was your guy’s weekend? We didn’t really have any news items that came to light. You called it a “working weekend” but who was there? You know, all work and no play makes Donald a – shoot, I forgot how that old saw actually ends. I think it is “makes an old saw a boor’? Or is it a drag? or no fun to be with? or dangerous? Was the team working on a plan to get you reelected or working on the vaccine that will save us all or how to purge every single person who has ever crossed you in any way out of government?
You did have a busy day today. The schedule says you had a 2:00 meeting with people in the restaurant business. Did they bring lunch with them or did some one go out to a local restaurant and pick up some sandwiches? Then you had a 4:00 meeting with governors and Melania! So, she still lives at the White House?! What did she have to say to the governors? Maybe she was helping get the Be Best Program back up and running. I wonder if she has done anything via Zoom, like teachers around the world, from pre-school to universities, are doing. If there are activities in the Be Best Program, she could lead one followed by reading a book to the kids. If there aren’t any activities, she could simply give them a pep talk on the importance of being kind to each other. I remember when she announced the program in the Rose Garden and there were banners, posters and maybe, some other printed material. There are probably some of these visual aides still around. They could be a fun background for her.
I also read that you are now taking Hydroxychlororquine!!! What? Why? Do you think it will prevent you from getting the Unseen Enemy, do you have the virus, or are you just promoting it for whichever companies make it? I just looked this drug up and there are several common side effects. Watch out for headaches, dizziness, ringing in your ears (not from listening to President Obama’s graduation address Saturday night), loss of appetite or weight (doesn’t seem so yet), mood changes, feeling nervous or irritable ( um…..), skin rash or itching or Hair Loss!!! Good Luck. It’s a bit unclear why you are taking this drug. It could be a gateway to a strong drug addiction. Did you really have a doctor prescribe it for you? Seriously, wait for the vaccine. Then you and your family can be the first to try that out.

Dear Mr. President – May 16, 2020

May 16 2020

Dear Mr.President,

I don’t usually write to you on Shabbat but I have important new information to share. The President’s Daily Schedule shows that you are at Camp David again this weekend. I thought you were getting away with your family but it turns out this is a “guys’ weekend”. Are you going fishing or hunting? In a way, yes. You are fishing for information on President Obama and Vice President Biden and hunting for ways to win re-election. Please be very careful because some of your advisors have ideas that are pretty dangerous.

This leads me (almost) to another point. I listened to the speeches in the Rose Garden yesterday where you announced the Warp Speed Task Force for Finding a Vaccine for Corona Virus. Maybe think of another name that can be shortened to something snappier like Sci-For-IS, Science For Intelligence Search. I’m sure you have people working on it. Also, you announced a new flag for the Space Force. Is that what gave you the idea of Warp Speed for the task force? Maybe the uniforms will look like those on Star Trek?

But, here is the main news: While you are promising us a vaccine by the end of the year (I’m thinking late October) and that is great, there is another deadly virus circulating around the world. It is especially virulent in the United States of America and it is affecting/infecting even more people than the Corona Virus. It is called the Human Attacks Through Efforts Virus (HATE). The main symptoms are lack of empathy, high blood pressure, increased negativity, and lack of impulse control. It seems to be spread through speech, primarily.It is also found in rapidly typed Tweets, Posts on Social Media and even through the television. There have been incidents of the virus spreading through actions such as breaking windows, spray painting buildings, cemetery stones and even pushing or shoving other humans. It has led to a large number of deaths by guns as well.I don’t know the numbers but they are growing.

I think the scientific community should also take a look at this virus as it is purported to be able to destroy entire communities, institutions and even a country.

Dear Mr. President – May 14, 2020

May 14 2020
Dear Mr. President,
Not much happened today so there isn’t much to discuss. Your schedule wasn’t that full, again. Really, it hasn’t been that full for awhile. You mostly have one event a day. Today it was the trip to Pennsylvania to tour a factory making PPE or some other equipment and then you gave a short talk. Since you were at the factory for less than an hour, this was a brief speech. I’m not sure because I didn’t get to read about it nor did I listen to any news about it. I thought it would be more fun for both of us if I tried to guess what you said instead of taking copious notes (for the final exam) on the lecture.
You probably said how incredible it was to be in that place with the amazing workers. Maybe you mentioned how many pieces of equipment they make every day? Maybe you mentioned that they were laying people off until you came into office and saved their jobs? Did you mention that America makes more and better (fill in the blank) than any one else in the WORLD? “Not even close”. I’m thinking you used “”incredible” a number of times or maybe one of the words you think are synonyms like, “terrific”, “great” or “amazing”.
You probably said something like “We’re opening up America and we are going to be stronger than ever” (I certainly hope so). Then you probably mentioned that” three months ago we had the greatest economy in the history of the WORLD or maybe the universe and then the Invisible Enemy (you came up with that all by yourself) came because of you know who and we had to shut it all down but we are coming back strongly and will be even greater very soon. ” Am I close?
Did you trash talk Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or Adam Smith or That Woman in Michigan or CNN or MSNBC or The New York Times or The Washington Post or the “corrupt FBI” or the Intelligence Agencies? I’m sure you did because there was no Corona Virus Task Force Briefing where you could express your feelings. Do you feel better now?
Given the energy out there by “some people” to dwell on the facts of the pandemic, you probably countered that with something about “bad numbers”. You have been hinting at “they are fixing the numbers and making them bigger than they should be”. Do you think it is odds makers fixing the numbers or just the radical left Democrats who hate this country and hate you that are doing this to make you look bad. See, I have been paying attention to Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and some of your friends on tv at night. That’s how I know the truth.

Dear Mr. President – May 13, 2020

May 13 2020
Dear Mr. President,
Hi, how ya doin’? I know, a little too casual? It was that kind of day here in Michigan. Sunny, warm, or what warm has felt like this year in Michigan (not snowing, raining or seriously windy). We took another ride, had some distance visiting with family (don’t tell Governor Whitmer because I’m not sure that is okay yet), but, socially distancing, wearing masks, using hand sanitizers and washing our hands. You know, the CDC guidelines that are also those of the President’s Corona Virus Task Force for Slowing the Spread. We are being responsible citizens, good role models and taking control for keeping ourselves safe.
You might not know this about wearing a mask (because you don’t), but there are some funny things that happen when you wear them. One, sometimes people don’t recognize you. Two, some people might think you are a robber (especially if you are a person of color) and become frightened. Three, peripheral vision is limited so it’s hard to see if you are too close to someone. It is also possible to miss the crack in the sidewalk or see the curb. Don’t worry, I’m okay.
I know you have heard that it can be hard to find toilet paper, cleaning supplies or hand sanitizer. The toilet paper we have is TOTALLY USELESS. My husband’s stained glass roll of toilet paper (ronsglass.wordpress.com), is more absorbent. I want to give a shout out to By the Pound, a wonderful store here in Ann Arbor. They have all kinds of flours, even bread flour, yeast, dried beans and other grains and a huge amount of spices that you can buy in small amounts rather than an entire jar of nutmeg that takes about five years to finish. We wear masks, gloves, and try and stay 6 feet apart. Everyone is in good humor, especially the owner, Glen and the wonderful people who work there. We try to stay grateful every day for all our blessings and this store, along with several others, like The Produce Station are some of my blessings.
On the other hand, I tear up almost every day. I miss hugging grandchildren, visiting and getting a kiss on the forehead from my father, and seeing friends and the rest of the family. I am so worried about all the people without jobs, money and hope. I’m usually a pretty up beat person but the tensions and serious anger displayed by some of our fellow Americans, is getting to me.
It must be getting to you too. I saw that your schedule was open until 4:00pm today when you met with the governors of Colorado and North Dakota. We are all getting advice of trying to take care of ourselves so I’m glad you are getting some rest. Take it easy, watch something fun; I think Hamilton, the movie film of the Broadway play, will be playing on tv very soon. Don’t worry too much about the medical and public health issues because you have Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birz and many other experts who are terrific to take care of those things. They aren’t making public policy or taking control of the government, but they have been really clear on what we all can do to take care of ourselves. So, you can watch some tv but maybe stay away from the news for a day. It will only depress you.

Dear Mr. President – May 12, 2020

May 12 2020
Dear Mr. President,
I tried to write to you earlier after hearing some very Important news that I wanted to make sure you knew about before you met with the Republican Senators this afternoon. I thought I sent the letter but, apparently, I lost it on the way to the post. I hope it’s not too late for you to get this information.
Here’s the story: I was in the car today on my way to get groceries and I was listening to the Medal of Freedom winner, Rush Limbaugh. I sometimes listen to him for two or three minutes when I’m in the car. Then, he magically disappears and the channel changes to NPR. Weird. Anyhow, he was explaining that, and this is a quote, “The Democrats want to keep the states closed so the economy tanks and then they think Trump will lose in November”!!!! Did you know about this conspiracy? It’s horrible and nasty! Can you believe that the Democratic governors want to harm all the people in their states only to hurt you? The logic of this escapes me as I don’t understand how they could get reelected, especially now that Rush has told everyone that this is the reason all the gyms, salons and restaurants aren’t opened yet. He said, and again I quote, “Don’t doubt me”. He must know a lot.
He also wanted to talk about the corruption of the last administration. He said he talked to Friends in Washington (I don’t think they are Quakers), who “showed him things”. Now, those things seemed like National Security papers and he must have some very important Friends. Maybe that’s why he “knows” things. It’s a lot like you, Mr. President. I certainly hope people “show you things” that you not only read but study. You probably don’t have to study too hard because you have told us (many times) that you have a very good….you know what (brain?).
I heard you mentioning something about Obamagate. You know that “gate” is kind of an old-fashioned meme and it’s pretty trite. I think you mentioned a crime and maybe also treason? Yikes, that’s a bit scary, but maybe someone showed you something.
Do you remember how Mitch McConnell said at the start of Obama’s term that the main goal of the Senate was to “make him a one term president”? Do you think that is what the Democrats are trying to do to you?

Dear Mr. President – May 11, 2020

May 11 2020
Dear Mr. President,

It’s been weeks since we last saw you in the Rose Garden showing a variety of products that you appeared to be selling. Maybe, if the president thing doesn’t work out, you could get a job on QVC selling things like Q-tips, plastic gloves or ventilators. It was far and away the most interesting part of your prepared remarks.

I do need to apologize to you. I wrote that your valet is a Marine and wondered what kind of advanced training she/he needed to get that job. But, she/he is not a Marine; sh/he is a Navy officer from an elite unit. I’m still left with the question of what kind of extra training is needed for this position.

But now to the point of this letter. I am so sorry to read that two people who work in or around the White House have tested positive for the virus. I heard one person report that the staff will be educated on how to protect themselves. Huh!!! They need to be educated on how to wash their hands, not touch their face, stay away from others and wear masks in public spaces? Have they not read the “President’s Corona Virus Guide on Slowing the Spread” that VPPence held up at every “Briefing”???? I got mine in the mail and then reread it on the government website to be confident that I was doing the right things. There really wasn’t anything else to learn about slowing the spread. Was this not discussed at any Cabinet meetings or daily memos? Maybe, put up some posters around the office with pictures of masks and a logo like WEAR YOURS! Also, you could hand out plastic gloves or hand sanitizers at the door of your office. Maybe have Melania start a new campaign about wearing masks. You could do an “afternoon special” like we used to have on tv, and show teenagers how cool it will be to wear masks.

American creativity is in high gear thinking up ways to reopen the economy safely. Your job, (that you are working so hard on), is to remind people to follow the directives of the governor of their state. That way, if things go poorly, they will be blamed, not you.

Dear Mr. President – May 10, 2020

May 10 2020
Dear Mr. President,

It’s been a tough week for you, hasn’t it? It must be so scary to know that the “unseen enemy” is in the White House! If you need to talk about that fear, worry, sadness or any other emotion with anyone else, there are close to 80,000 families you could contact. They will understand and may even be able to “feel your pain”, to quote President Clinton (Bill, not Hillary).

And now, the virus also infected VPPence’s staffer who happens to be married to your little buddy, Stephen Miller. She must be under quarantine but is he also “locked up”? You know, like for security reasons or what the good doctors, Fauci and Birx have called “tracing”. It seems like a good idea for your safety as well as the safety of everyone! Also, how are Melania and the son that lives with her? (I respect his privacy). Are they able to help you lay out your clothes or feed you or did someone assign another Marine to that duty? I’m still trying to understand how a Marine trains in basic training or do he/she need advanced training for that job?

On the other hand, you had some good news from your own Roy Cohen this week. I am talking about AGBarr. They both are or were your personal attorneys and “had/have your back”. The only difference I can see is that Roy Cohen was kind of a small guy with a rat like face and AGBarr seems physically bigger with more of a walrus like face. Once again, he came to your aide by dropping all criminal charges against your former National Security Advisor. Whew! That must be a huge relief for you. I am referring to having an AG who completely understands how much you love the idea of being the Big Boss. I read in the Fake New York Times that AGBarr once wrote “the president alone IS the Executive Branch”. Of course, this was the NYTImes, so, maybe the editors just made that up.

Speaking of AGBarr, over a month ago he stood on the podium at the President’s Corona Virus Task Force “Briefing” along with a ton of other men, mostly in uniforms with lots of medal, to announce a very aggressive program of national security importance. It was the launching of an armada of ships, planes and soldiers to interdict drug smuggling from Central and South America. It turns out that parts of the Armed Forces didn’t know anything about this and there has been no news since. Do you know anything about the progress of this adventure? I know that you had a meeting yesterday early evening (Happy Hour?) with your national defense team. What can you share?

Anyhow, stay safe, maybe wear a mask or have everyone else wear one, you know, just to keep you safe. It would show the American People how relatable you are to our lives.

Dear Mr. President – May 8, 2020

May 8 2020

Dear Mr. President,

You have had such a busy day! We, the American people, could see how hard you work on so many important projects at the same time. You dealt with foreign leaders, tweeting, pushing businesses to restart whether or not they can test people for the virus, tweeting, listening to more praise from a group of Republicans, tweeting and threatening President Obama, Vice President Biden, James Comey, John Brennan, Robert Rosenstein and maybe others. How do you do it?

Today, you also spent 30 minutes right in the middle of the day to fly to the World War II Memorial, lay a wreath in honor of the end of WWII and return to the White House just in time for a quick lunch and a meeting with those Great Republican Members of Congress. I didn’t get to hear everything that was said but I did hear how much they value you you you!! Did you notice that no one was wearing a mask? Doesn’t it worry you a little bit that the person who lays out your clothes and feeds you has the virus? It worries me a little that you don’t know how to lay out your own clothes or feed yourself.

I think you also spent some hours on the phone with others who think you are amazing and a Great World Leader and really appreciate that you are “giving away thousands of ventilators to other countries”. Are you “giving away” these ventilators? Does that mean that the 9 companies that are making these “technologically significant” machines are not getting paid? That’s really Incredible!! Anyhow, the important thing is they tell you how great you are. Does Mr. Putin tell you that as well?

And, you still have time to micromanage the Justice Department, the Center for Disease Control, the Treasury and your campaign for President. All that, plus gizilions of tweets about how other people are so “unfair” to you. I do have a suggestion that Melania and her “Be Best” efforts might help you with, that is to find some new adjectives to use. Remember when we discussed the words “incredible”, “great”, and “tremendous”? We discussed how often you overuse them. I think it is time to learn some new words to describe people who don’t agree with you, your policies, your actions and your “sarcasm”.
I don’t think Melania would approve of calling humans “scum”. That’s just not a nice word to use. Maybe you could just call them “patriots”, “honest”, “knowledgable” or “very smart”.

Also, maybe get back to helping the country deal with a pandemic that is not slowing down even if businesses are “opening up”. You say that we are “Transitioning to Greatness”, probably by the 4th quarter or maybe, for sure, next year or very soon. A lot of people are hoping for that but a lot of people are going to need a lot more help and very soon!.

I really wanted to ask you about AGBarr and his efforts to disrupt, I mean, clean up all the terrible things that were done to you but, you keep stealing his spotlight. Maybe tomorrow.

Dear Mr. President – May 7, 2020

May 7 2020
Dear Mr. President,

My head is spinning and my stomach is churning and it’s not “The Virus”. I feel like I have whiplash and someone (you) is trying to either drive me crazy or murder me. Mr. President, you know how I feel about you. Why are you torturing me like this? I try and try and try to follow what you are saying and what you have recommended our Great American Citizen Warriors to do to fight this “War on The Invisible Enemy”.

I wear a mask in public (except when I walk and no one is around), wear gloves, stay mostly inside and away from dear grandchildren and other humans, and wash my hands for as long as it takes to recite 2 prayers. One is the prayer for thankfulness to G-d for allowing me another day to do good in this world and the second is the prayer recited on washing one’s hands. Did you know that Judaism has such prayers? They are actually quite beautiful and are extra meaningful now.

Anyhow, back to being driven crazy and/or dead. In the last couple of days you ended the President’s Corona Virus Task Force and then quickly reinstated it because it’s “popular” and a lot of “very respected” people called you and told you to keep it.

First question, some people respect me; can I call you to share my thoughts?

Second question, will the task force be focused on money, stock market, keeping hamburger on the menus or saving lives? Personally, I would give up hamburgers to save lives.

You seemed to look rested on your trip to Arizona. Maybe it was the fresh air and exercise you got at Camp David or maybe it’s your new schedule. I saw that yesterday you came to the office about noon and today it looks like you start about 2:00 p.m.

Thank you for signing the proclamation honoring nurses, they deserve honor, adequate equipment, bonus pay and maybe a free massage when it will be safe to get one.

You also had a meeting with the governor of Iowa. Did you talk about the terrible spread of the virus in the meat packing plants? Today you meet with the governor of Texas, where I suspect you will praise him for “opening the state”. Then you and Mrs. Trump will make some remarks at the White House National Day of Prayer Service.

Even though you get the Corona Virus test frequently, many of the other people who will be there may not have had dozens, or even one of the tests. Maybe, you could lead a prayer that includes testing for all Warriors to the list of people and things to pray for.

And, then everyone could recite the prayer for washing hands and everyone could stand in a line, six feet apart, and wash their hands. It would be nice to serve some tea and cookies as well. Oh, wait, it’s hard to do eat and drink with masks on.

Dear Mr. President – May 4, 2020

May 4 2020
Dear Mr. President,

Did you enjoy your weekend at Camp David?  You are so lucky to have a vacation home and a helicopter available to take you there. I hope Melania and Barron got to go too.  I read that Ivanka and Jarrod went. Did they bring their children with them? Otherwise, who watches them?  You had mentioned that you hadn’t been out of the White House for months but in fact in was about 6 weeks.  Some of us haven’t been out of the house either but at least you don’t have to cook, clean or do homework with your children.

So what did you do there?  I’ve read about Camp David and seen the pictures of other presidents and their families riding bikes, taking walks in the woods, watching movies and visiting with friends.  But you, you work so hard.  There isn’t a golf course there, is there?  Instead, you had meetings all weekend?  You know the expression “All work and no play makes Donald a dull boy”?  Maybe. you got in a game of Pictionary or Charades? Anyhow, you definitely deserved a break from the Corona Virus Task Force briefings.

I guess I needed a break from those briefings as well.  It was a beautiful weekend here in Michigan.  We could get out to our garden and start cleaning up and even planting some cold weather crops. Speaking of planting, how’s the White House garden doing?  In Michele Obama’s book there is a long chapter on how she got that going.  It was really a wonderful project that involved children, Great American Companies and great, fresh food.  Maybe you or someone else in the White House can give us an update on the garden.  It would be so inspirational for the many Americans who are planning on self sufficiency this summer.

I missed your performance at the Lincoln Memorial.  I guess it was only for the invited guests from Fox Network, not all the American People.  I’ve been to that monument and it is so impressive.  It makes me tear up as the expression on President Lincoln’s face reflects the horror of war and the tremendous efforts he made to keep the Union whole. The Fake Media reported that you said Lincoln got better treatment from the press than you get.  Hmm, were you serious or was that just sarcasm?

It’s hard to argue with your reasoning.  You are both wartime presidents- he with the Civil War and you with the war on a virus.  I just looked up some headlines from that time.  Did you know that an 1862 Mississippi newspaper editorial called President Lincoln a “desperate and mad man”.  Another editorial that followed his death advocated “a continuance of his conciliatory methods of peace”.  On the Internet I found an article that called him a “statesman and lawyer who served as President” for just over 4 years. “He led the country through it’s bloodiest war and perhaps its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis”.  He also “preserved the Union, abolished slavery, strengthened the federal government and modernized the economy.

So, you see, if you want to be worthy of a memorial like President Lincoln’s, you may have to take some criticisms, bad press and work really hard to unite the country and help us through this terrible time. I suggest reading Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  It will give you some pointers on why he is considered our greatest president.