Dear Mr. President – April 1, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

What in the world happened tonight? I watched The President’s Corona Virus Task Force Briefing at 5:40 p.m EST and learned we are in a drug war with “bad actors”! And possible war with Iran! I listened to the army guy, the navy guy, some ambassador and the Attorney General (?why?) tell us about all the boats and guns and people already in place to stop the flow of drugs into our country. Why did you tell the bad guys the plans? And, why did you spend so much time (40 minutes) to let us know this? I think it is to demonstrate how well your administration can do more than one thing at a time. I am glad to know that. Still, It was a bit weird.

Finally, the President’s Corona Task Force finally came out to brief us on what happened today. Maybe they did, but I left the “briefing” after another hour or so and didn’t hear all the details. I did learn that we have almost 10,000 ventilators in the national stockpile that can be used when they are needed. Also, good to hear from you that “soon we will have more ventilators than we need and then, after we stockpile them, we can send them to other places”. It was also good to hear that “we have an excess of certain things and not enough of others”. I am still confused as to why the hospitals are still begging for more of everything in so many states. I think Walmart will help with something, not sure what.

But then you also told us about this war with Iran. Apparently, our great intelligence heard about a plan to attack American soldiers in Iran. But, you told them on Facebook, where you are #1(!), that “it’s not nice…don’t do it, this is not a heads up, this is a warning, because last time we hit them very hard in 5 massive sites and took out a lot of really bad guys and they will pay a bigger price if they do anything”.

We also learned that you might have to intervene with Russia and Saudi Arabia to get a deal on oil so that our oil companies are okay. Honestly, where do you find the time to do everything? And, Iran, they really want to make a deal but they were given very bad advice by Kerry. So, I was still wondering about what happened today with the Corona Virus war. I am still confused. Apparently, the great governor of Ohio used a local company to make and send 12 million gowns to the national stockpile although you want needed equipment to go right to the hospital and not even go to a warehouse. Also, large cargo planes are coming from all over the world with supplies. It was also a relief to learn that “soon a cure remedy, or even help or a vaccine” will be here and “it’s (the economy?) all going to go up very quickly or maybe slowly but it will all come back.” Whew.

VP Pence did speak for about 10 minutes and was able to say the word “president” 13 times and the words “American People” 12x. He might have given us more information but after an hour and a half of listening I left to have dinner. I do have a suggestion for the journalists that are present. Don’t ask dumb questions that have already been answered. Maybe the briefings could then be brief. Ask VP Pence when he will be completely honest and let us know that we don’t have the necessary tests, PPE, ventilators masks and other supplies that are needed and we won’t have them in time.

And, Mr. President, you have so much on your plate that I think you do not need to be at these briefings. They are exhausting.

Dear Mr. President – Look what arrived today!

Look what arrived in the mail today!

At first I thought the virus had been renamed as President Trump’s Coronavirus. But, of course, that can’t be right.

I was glad to see today’s event was done indoors as it was too windy yesterday and it messed up your hair. I also applaud your decision to let the doctors do most of the speaking. What they had to say was really sobering and frightening and I think you prefer to tell us about how great everything is going. You had them answer all the hard questions about fatalities. I think those numbers really terrify you as much as they terrify us. You try so hard to be upbeat about our country. At one point you mentioned “we will see things get better all of a sudden”. With all due respect, we all hope for that but the data doesn’t seem to point in that direction. You are very proud of the hard work of your administration. I agree that the armed forces and national guard and FEMA are working like crazy. Kudos to them.

You seem to work hard making phone calls to so many important people. There were 11 calls to leaders of communication companies as well as calls to governors and leaders of countries. That’s hours of phone time!!

It was good to see VP Pence again. I hadn’t heard him in a few days because my attention span is about an hour and he, apparently, spoke after that time. I only heard him speak for about 10 minutes but he did manage to mention you 28 times!! A new record.

This is a frightening time. Just tell us the truth. If we really don’t have enough equipment for right now or next week, tell us. If we have a 1000 masks or tests but need 10,000 or more, be straight. If governors say they need things, believe them. Please.

We pray for your friend in the hospital and all the others who are sick. We pray for their families and for our loved ones working on the “front lines”.

Dear Mr. President – March 31, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

You really knocked it out of the park tonight! I think you might still be in a good mood from making the decision to relax on “opening up the country”, and “going back” (to normal?) and allowing more time to “Slow the Spread”. You were so thankful for all the good work and hard work and “incredible” (15x) work that you and your administration have done. Nobody would ever believe that it would be so “great”(25x!). And you were so appreciative and thankful to everyone (25x). It was nice to hear the positive things that are happening. It was also tremendous (8x) of you and our country to help other countries around the world by sending them “things” and “really good stuff” (some of it money).

You mentioned masks, ventilators and other things (not sure what they were) that have already been sent to many places. On the other hand, China and Russia have sent us “things”. Did you send them on to Italy or other places or did they go straight to our hot spots? That was a bit confusing. Maybe you can clear that up tomorrow.

It was nice to meet the “Greatest Business Executives” in the world. I guess I should go buy some Jockey socks, Proctor and Gamble cleaning products (I already use Tide) and maybe a new pillow. Do you think that the pillow man was punning us when he said his company was “uniquely positioned” to “adjust to the future”? He is such a huge fan of yours that you should bring him along to your next rally, whenever that happens.

One suggestion: If you are going to highlight a product, say a new Corona, test, maybe you could get a volunteer from the audience to actually take it rather than just showing us the box and taking another package out of the box. I’m really grateful that even though you could cause a panic better than the reporter, that you use your time in the spotlight to cheer us up.

An added bonus is giving reporters a new investigation to pursue….where are all the masks?

Dear Mr. President – March 29, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

How are you doing? You actually looked more rested tonight! You also seemed somewhat calmer than you did a few nights ago. I think it might be because the doctors told you that the “Slow the Spread” recommendations need to be followed for at least another month. I bet that was kind of a relief because you knew that Easter (Passover) was too soon to let the country, even parts of the country, “open up”.

You used a new word tonight that I think deserves to be awarded the Word of the Day- “Aspirational”. Some people misunderstood your comment about great crowds in the churches on Easter Sunday. That was an “aspirational” statement. I’m glad that was made clear tonight. By the way, “incredible” is actually getting a new award, “Word of the Month”. It hit a record today of 20 times but I didn’t count the number of times other people used it. Also, you really let us know about all the “incredible” things that you and your people are doing (27 times) so we can really appreciate the hard work.

By the way, I mean this sincerely, the professionals are really doing so much. For the most part, since we haven’t lived through a pandemic in more than 100 years, you are correct in saying that “no-one has ever seen this or done what we’ve (you) done”.

Still, I do have some questions. Why do you think the hospitals are asking for more equipment? You mentioned, numerous times, that they used to use about 10,000 masks a month? It wasn’t really clear how often these were delivered. Anyhow, now they want 300,000! You suggest that journalists investigate this. Do you really think “are they walking out the back door” or “even worse”? It sounds like there might be a black market for masks. There might be a Pulitzer Prize for some journalist.

Another question, how is your family? We haven’t see our First Lady since the one video she made. Is she or your youngest son in the White House? Are they climbing the walls like so many other parents and children?

I missed seeing VPPence. Is he still in charge? I had to stop watching the briefing (wrong word to use as it is too long to be a brief) so I could have a Zoom happy hour with some friends.

Dear Mr. President – March 27, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

You must be so tired, I know I am after listening to you speak for such a long time (an hour). It’s almost Shabbat so I have to write this letter in a hurry so we can enjoy our Shabbat dinner. It’s just the two of us instead of our normal 4 generations’ dinner. We miss having our Dad, our children, my brother and sister-in-law and one of our nieces. Sometimes all three of our children and their families. Sometimes, Ron’s sister, brother in-law and brother and sister- in- law and nephews and a great nephew. Sometimes another niece and her husband and two incredibly cute children. In other words, we miss our normal and we will miss our normal Passover Seder as well when we would see another nephew and his wife as well as a number of friends, acquaintances or others looking for a seder.

But, back to you. Please save your voice and strength. We get it, usually by the third of fourth time you tell us. You have done so much and we try and try to thank you so that you feel the love but please don’t take questions or concerns as disrespect. Maybe you think that the questions or concerns are disrespect but maybe it’s because I and maybe others, need to hear from the doctors before my attention span wanders. The medical personnel on the front lines are “incredible”. By the way, “incredible” wins the Word Of The Day Award today. Twenty times! Actually “great” or “greatly” was used 25 times but it is used so much that I’m giving the award to “incredible”. I stopped listening and didn’t hear how many times VP Pence said “president”.

Anyhow, the medical people in our family who are really on the front lines, including the ER and a Covid floor, really still need equipment, especially the PPE. Your administration has sent a lot but it’s a drop in the bucket. Detroit needs MORE!

Speaking of Detroit, I need to tell you something important. You know how I feel about you and the efforts your administration is making, but….. We love the women in our state. We love Debbie Dingell and we love Elissa Slotkin and especially, our governor, Gretchen Whitmer. As a Michigander I am deeply upset about how you speak about her. She has lots of ideas and is in complete control of what is needed in our state. Everyone is frustrated that, despite your team’s efforts, Michigan health workers do not have the equipment they need.

One last thought, well, actually a question. When you declare a National Emergency, doesn’t that mean the federal government leads the way? Doesn’t it mean that the governors are looking for national coordination of information and resources?

Anyhow, you must miss your weekend at Mara-Lago but it is not a good time to go there. Get some rest. Shabbat shalom.

Dear Mr. President – March 26, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

I had hoped to hear your entire performance this evening but, unfortunately, I had other things to do (cleaning for Pesach, a Bat Mitzvah lesson with a younger friend and a Zoom happy hour with girlfriends.). Still, I did manage to hear a bit of it and it sounds like everything is terrific, tremendous, great and incredible. Despite only hearting about 15 minutes worth of the briefing/rally, you used those words 39 times. Wow! That’s amazing! I know everyone is feeling a lot better after hearing how positive you are. And, I know that it is all due to your incredible, very strong and tremendous leadership because you told us that at least 19 times during the short period I listened. I may have missed a few. I just want to let you know that you do not need to repeat everything you say over and over (about 20 repetitions that I counted) because we so closely follow what you have to say. I’m sure there is a transcript of what you say as well, so that it is recorded for history. The numbers, the numbers; it’s hard to follow all of them. It looks like you are counting them for us and they are very high numbers. Hundreds, thousands and millions of masks, other equipment and unemployed, and money from the tax payers. Thank you so much.

By the way, what are all the governors giving you in return because I read that this is a 2-way street. What do you need? Thanks you for not taking a salary? A gold star? Think about how they can repay you for invoking a National Disaster and then acting on it, sort of. I also read that you think some counties are safer from the virus and can return to normal very quickly. They will be able to congregate in crowded churches.

You do know that those of us who celebrate Pesach (Passover) congregate in crowded living rooms to read the Haggadah and eat, a lot. We aren’t doing that this year so, thanks, we are saving a lot of money by not needing to cook for large crowds.

I did not hear VP Pence tonight so I don’t know how much to drink but maybe someone can let me know. PS: Some people (a sister-in-law and a daughter) wrote to local radio stations to ask them not to play these daily updates. For some reason, they think you are using them as rallies and not really letting the experts (they are incredible) speak enough.

Dear Mr. President – March 25, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

What an uplifting update today. First, congratulations on your approval numbers going up. Do you think it is because the public see how’s positive you are and how hard you are working, even without getting paid? Second, wow! What a great job you are doing for the country and for your friends, you know, people you like very much, even if they don’t, maybe, like you.

It’s so interesting to hear from you about all the great things you have done for our country. Without you we would be in such horrible shape. Did you think we forget about all of these great things and you have to remind us again (and again and again and again)?Third, what a relief to know the country will “open up” soon. I guess that means we get to go to restaurants and movies in certain parts of the country. It does seem that the medical community doesn’t agree with that. Apparently they want to keep the country “closed” for two years or so. Hmm…I didn’t know that. I thought they were just worrying about our health and the health of our country. Anyhow, it does look like the stimulus bill may pass and some help will get to people in need within the next few months. It’s good that you were so involved and will get so much credit for all the tremendous things it will do for our great workers. Seriously, good job.

Tonight’s questions include: A) Why is it you that speak the most when it the Covid update is supposed to be a summary of what happened today? B) Could VP Pence give the summary and then the two doctors (so good to know they are still there) tell us the science side of the work?, C) Where did VP Pence get the blue sheet of paper with 15 Days to Slow the Spread?

I actually looked on line this morning and saw that we are supposed to wash our hands, keep a distance and call our doctors if we feel sick but I didn’t see the blue paper. By the way, the update this morning on the site was from Monday. Who is supposed to update the site? Is that person okay? Also, cool name for the piece of paper, 15 Days to Slow the Spread.

As far as VP Pence goes, we were on a walk while you were all talking so I’m not sure I completely got the entire count of his saying “president”. It was either 14 or 15.

But, I did think of a new game- Who’s Missing? It’s like the game we used to play with our children when they were very young. While we waited at restaurants we had them line up a number of objects like salt, pepper, ketchup bottle, fork, etc. Then they closed their eyes and we took one item away and they had to guess What’s Missing! Every day there are new people on the podium with the president. Just saying…..

Dear Mr. President – March 24, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you for today’s update. It was shorter than the marathons over the last few days. Maybe that is because your administration is doing so great (you used that word 17 times) that there is less to tell. It was also so hopeful to hear that the country will “open up” to commerce but the decisions will be “grounded in facts”. We haven’t heard that before.

I did notice that the current facts indicate we haven’t quite reached the peak despite your comment that “we are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel”. But, this will all be over very soon (7 times). We will have a “victory over the virus”. It’s running scared.

But, as usual, I have a few more questions that weren’t asked or answered today. Who is currently in charge of the Federal Government’s actions on the health crisis? This week? Next week? When?. -Great job working on this issue.

I also have a suggestion. I’m not an economist and I never do story problems but….. Could the CEO’ s of the “incredible”, “tremendous”, “great” companies perhaps contribute some of the millions of dollars they received as bonus checks after 2009 bail out to pay their employees? You mentioned that until four weeks ago the companies didn’t have a problem.

I think I speak for others when I say it was a relief to see that Dr. Fauci is okay, or, at least he was there on the podium. Also, I was able to finish a bottle of wine because VP Pence, despite speaking for only a few minutes, managed to mention “the President” 19 times! This might be a record.

Dear Mr. President – March 23, 2020

Dear Mr. President,

This is my 5th letter and I feel like we are really getting to know one another better.

I didn’t used to watch you or read your words every day and now I do. You didn’t used to read my Facebook page and now, I think, you are. So, that’s happened.

I was so interested in today’s press/nation briefing. Where did everyone go? Where was Dr. Fauci? You know everyone worries about him but maybe he got an opportunity to rest. What happened to the FEMA leader and the Surgeon General? Are they okay? We saw AG Barr. He looked okay, a little serious but then he’s pretty worried about hoarding and price gouging. Was he going to help deliver any of the PPE’s to medical staff? I sure hope so.

We have lots of nurses and a doctor in our family and we are worried about them. The one who works in an ER reports not enough equipment. Is it because someone somewhere else is hoarding it? I know how much you are worried about the economy and I am very glad to know you are on it. It’s impressive that you have so many great advisors with sage advice on how soon to “open” the country up and help our great large corporations, like Boeing. Whew.

I read that Jarrod is now advising you on this. Oh good, he’s been so great at all his other jobs. True confession, I am also a bit worried about thinking about ending all the restrictions on our population in about a week. It really didn’t sound like the health professionals think this is a good idea. I’ve read that they think this is a “disaster”. I’m not an economist or a health professional, but maybe you should wait a bit longer to try and restart the economy. I know you can do two things at one time but maybe just wait a bit longer. Please.

By the way, I was a bit disappointed in VP Pence. He only mentioned you 12 times. I missed the last part of the briefing so maybe he kicked it up a bit more. On the other hand, you used the words “soon”13 times, “tremendous” 10 and “great”, well, I lost count.

You are so positive and I know we can all feel more hope.

Except the medical community and those who’s loved ones are sick.

Dear Mr. President – March 22, 2020

Dear Mr President,

I guess I’m writing a daily letter. After all, we are at war with an unseen enemy. We need the daily updates. I’m happy to hear that the war is going so well. It’s good to know you are getting along great with all the governors, especially Cuomo. I forgot Gavin’s last name but you know it. But, I do remember the name of Washington’s governor, it’s Inslee. Maybe that wasn’t on your notes?

All the numbers are very impressive. It’s a start. A late start, but that’s because China didn’t tell you about this virus. How can that be your fault? It’s also good to know you are worried about the Congress people who have tested positive, especially Senator Romney.

You sounded so sad. I have one suggestion. The press conferences are too long. I think they could be shortened by about an hour. Information should be said once and not repeated over and over. Certain words should be off limits. “I”, “Strong” and “Strongly”, “Terrific”, and the phrases “no one ever knew”, “no one every did this before” and “I feel” (when it is connected to facts) Also, quit blaming everything on someone else.

I am disappointed in VP Pence. He only used the word ”President”only 11 times. That’s not enough to finish a glass of wine.