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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 30, 2020
Dear Mr. President,
You had another meeting with the press and I didn’t know about it! If you keep changing times of day when the press will be able to ask questions, how do you expect your followers to be able to listen, take notes, understand your directions, thoughts, ideas and how we should all think and behave? We won’t know who is on the” good’ list and who is on the “naughty ” list. It’s like having whiplash. One day we should follow you and the next day we should listen to our governors and the third day show up for an anti-government rally in Lansing, MI. We followed the President’s Corona Virus Task Force for Slowing the Spread for 15 days, then 30 days, then the Guidelines for Opening America and now, do whatever? Figure it out. No need for lots and lots of testing? Yes, there is a huge need but we will be there “very soon”? Honestly, I don’t know what to do so I think I’ll stay home.
I was thinking about the meat processing plants and the the “D’s” involved in working in them- Dirty, Dangerous and Disgusting. And now, they seem to be centers of the country where the virus has found new victims to infect and kill but at least the people have jobs. You declared them to be essential jobs but the CDC didn’t give direct instructions on what the Great American Companies need to do to protect the workers. Do they qualify and need the masks, gowns and gloves that other essential workers need? Who will pay for them? What happens if and when they get sick? How will the Federal government help out? By the way, did you know that more than 50% of the workers in those plants are immigrants? Hmm. They are essential workers and yet many may be undocumented. Any thoughts about what would be a good policy to insure that the food chain supply continues, the workers are safe and kept healthy and ICE stays far away from the plants? Maybe all the workers could get green cards, health care, and a raise. I’m just thinking out loud.
After seeing some of the videos from the events today in Lansing, I would like to suggest that you speak up and remind people that Free Speech and gun ownership are protected by the Constitution but there is really no need to have military weapons and enter a State Capitol building! It’s terrifying. Most of this crowd seemed to be your supporters. Maybe you can remind them that you said to listen to the governors. When you have a rally they can bring all the weapons they want.
These folks were missing a couple of signs as they crowded each other and most didn’t have masks. Here are some suggestions for signs: “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death” and “Live Free or Die”.
Dear Mr. President,
What? You started talking earlier today than our usual time? I wish you had told me so I could have heard it all.
Actually, I did hear some of it and I’m pretty familiar with the following sentences. “We’ve tested more than anyone else, times two”. “We’re way ahead of testing but not given the credit”. “We inherited a broken test and a broken system”. “Some governors are strong on testing and some are not as strong and that’s okay”. “We’ll be at 5 million tests a day very soon”. I know I have heard those statements before. But, yesterday, VPPence clarified his words about having 4 million tests (this was a month ago) meaning the tests were being designed or made but not sent out yet and the ability to use those tests to get results and get back with the states was not quite ready. So, I’ve heard the words but I’m not clear on what they mean. Are they factual statements or aspirational statements? We will soon know.
In any case, I wanted to discuss friendship with you. You seem to have a lot of friends with whom you speak on the telephone. Do you text or IM or write with these friends to catch up with how they are doing? I’m only asking because I would love to know what you look for in a friend. Of course they should be supportive but should they also be able to tell you the truth (in a supportive way) and call you on your BS? Most people I know say that their closest friends do that. That’s what Oprah says about Gayle. Do you have any besties like that?
Do you think that people you have business or political interactions with are your “friends”. You often speak of them as such but I wonder. Do you think you really have a “good relationship” with Kim or Vlad or any of those other guys most Americans think of as “dictators”? I don’t think you should really see them as “true friends. Can you cry on their shoulders? Do you get invited to their children’s birthday parties or just go out for a round of golf and goof around?
You were asked today if you have made any calls to the families of people who’s loved one has died from this horrible virus. It sounds like you made 4 calls. One to the good friend you told the American People was strong and fine and then, suddenly on a ventilator and he “didn’t make it”. That sounds like what others are saying as well. The other 3 calls were to “friends, not as close to them but I did do business with them”. That was kind of you.
This is just a suggestions, make some more of those calls.
Dear Mr. President,
You came back! Not like a second round of the virus (G-d forbid) but, to show us that you love being in front of the American People and telling us how successful the “opening up of our country” will be. We have tests, so many tests, more than any other country of the 184 where it the virus has arrived. You allowed a whole bunch (8) heads of companies (great companies) to report what they have accomplished in the past 5 weeks since we heard from many of them. They all have great workers who have worked night and day (some at minimum wage) and most have doubled their capacity or sites or tests or other things. Honestly, they each spoke rapidly for about two minutes each to report on their successes, so I completely lost track of who they were or what they were actually talking about. So, good on them. What I don’t understand is what we really need in terms of testing to feel safe going to the hair salons and everywhere else.
They have labs and swabs and gowns and, let’s not forget, the VENTILATORS galore, literally millions of them. But, again, I don’t mean to complain as I know you don’t like that, how many tests per day do we need? If there are so many platforms how do we know they all provide the same information? And, what exactly is a “platform”. I know we have “a bigger number than anybody in the world” and we went from 100,000 to 200,000 tests a day, but since when? If it just happened yesterday then maybe we aren’t in such good shape. Maybe, one of the doctors could put that into some kind of context. Is that good or not good enough? I know, because you said so, that “we have it all over other countries who are calling us to see how we are doing the testing”. Really, congratulations to all the companies and their workers who are doing a great job. Do they have any openings for more workers? That would also be great.
I do have some other questions for you. Did you change the color of your hair? It looked white today rather than that orangey-blond color. Do you think it was because the lighting is different outside? That’s another question; why were you in the Rose Garden? From what others were wearing it looked like a chilly, rainy day in Washington. I have more questions but I will save them for tomorrow. Here’s a heads up for you to think about. What are the qualities of a friend? When is this trip to West Point? Why are you going to West Point? Will any other members of your family go with you? There are more questions but, as I said, tomorrow we can discuss them.