Dear Mr. President – June 9, 2020

June 9 2020

Dear Mr. President,
Did you miss me? We haven’t “communicated” since Friday when you were busy on your trip to Maine. It looks like you solidified your support from the lobster fishermen. I have missed you too, but seeing as you took the last few days off, so did I. Yesterday you had lunch with VPPence. So, what did you have to eat? Do you get to choose from a menu or do you just get the house salad? Today you are meeting wit the Secretary of State but no lunch? How about a little snack? I could bake some cookies and send them over.
It looks like your big crises are over and solved, perfectly. Your Corona Virus emergency is over; not ours. The numbers of people with infections and the sad numbers of deaths are still rising every day. I think yesterday was the highest single day of new infections reported! It also looks like the economic emergency is over with a good jobs rating report last week. I do have one question about it. Are the 2 million new jobs that were reported brand new jobs or people returning to their old jobs? Paul Krugman says it is good news for now (and he is a Nobel prize wining economist so he can be trusted, but be careful. He says the Federal government should continue to support the economy and the workers. I think he means don’t worry too much about Big Ag, Airlines and Large Corporations. Concentrate (if you can) on mortgages and rent supports, hourly workers, people who can’t work because there are no child care centers open yet, and the millions who live pay check to pay check.
But, about this new crisis….not sure your tweets are helping. Really not sure your AGBarr is helping. Pretty sure the new fence with razor wire on top isn’t signaling Domination or Courage or even Strong(ly). I know you don’t like being compared to President Obama or future President Biden, but they seem to understand the need for more compassion, empathy and new policies on Public Safety. The protests are still going strong. Our daughter organized one in our neighborhood for families. In less than 24 hours, the notice went out, children made adorable signs, and about 200 people showed up to march 3 blocks to the main intersection. The “Thugs” included babies, toddlers, children and teens, parents and grandparents. It was adorable and there was no looting or law breaking. People even stayed on the sidewalks and didn’t block traffic. Also, we wore masks and practiced social distancing.
I heard that some of your minions want you to address the nation about the protests and the changes people are asking for. It’s not my place to advise you but, DON’T ! Remember that some of those advisors are the same people who thought holding up a Bible (upside down) was a good idea. Don’t talk and read a speech. You won’t seem real, or even believable. You know you will riff on what is written and it won’t be good for anyone. Your feelings and beliefs have already been made super clear. You tweeted your suspicions about the 75 year old man, pushed down and bleeding. You wanted the military to control the “rioting”. You think Democrats want anarchy so “They” can take over everyone, and, of course, take everyone’s guns away, have no laws and no personal freedoms or only personal freedoms (except abortions). I don’t think so.
Your base loves you and if that’s not enough, get hugs or fist bumps from your family. You can go back to large, loud and unmasked crowds cheering you on and that will make you feel powerful. I hope it doesn’t diminish your numbers of voters due to illness…..or worse. Maybe, their states will allow mail in voting.
Hmmm…..and early voting too.

Dear Mr. President – June 4, 2020

June 4 2020

Dear Mr. President,
Such an emotional day in this country! I know you felt it even locked up in the White House. Everywhere there were scenes of peaceful protests with the serious message of grief and determination that there will be change for the better along with relief that all four officers have now been charged with murder, three with aiding in a death and one with second degree murder. The demonstrations, many involving thousands of participants, continue unabated and now the curfews are lifting without police or national guards being needed. Do you think this is because of the threats you made on Monday that you will be the President of Law and Order and you might even order the military to take charge? Do you think that all the protesters and all the mayors and other officials were trembling with fear? Or, do you think that the rogue actors that committed the crimes of looting, burning and destruction left because of your Powers? Maybe, it was the power of you standing with a Bible in front of the church that led to the loving acts documented so often by the videos.? Even police officers were “taking a knee” in support of the protests. No, even you don’t believe that. You have to know that the message of Justice (we discussed this yesterday) and Peace and Love are the real answers to hate and injustice.
I see that you didn’t have much on your official schedule today other than an Intelligence Briefing at 3:00 and something listed as “The President signs an Executive Order on Expediting Permitting” at 4:30. Huh? What was that? It’s not even a complete sentence. You had plenty of time to read (or scan) the headlines in the paper (NYTimes), “Esper at Odds with President on Army’s Use”, “As Poll Numbers Dive, Trump Spends to Hold the States He Won”. Yikes, very not good. I did check some of the other news sites that are usually more favorable to you. Still, not very good. They still want to talk about looting and attacks on the police. Hmm, maybe they should watch how those wild and crazy people walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and those out in front of the White House and in Seattle and Los Angeles and Chicago and Houston, etc. are going. Please tell them to look on the bright side and not be so negative.
I also read some more about your stay in the cellar, I mean the safe room, I mean the secure bunker. You told Shawn Spicer (remember him?) that you went to the secure bunker as protesters demonstrated near by, for an “inspection”. Then you changed the story and said “I went down during the day and I was there for a tiny little short period of time”. What an adorable way to describe the “inspection”. You added that you had been there “two, two and a half times before” and “done different things” related to inspecting the bunker. Also, an interesting use of your valuable time.
President Obama spoke in such an inspirational and aspirational way yesterday. Did you hear it? He mentioned that during his administration there was a task force called “Twenty First Century Policing”. The task force consisted of all the relevant parties, including police and other law enforcing officials. Apparently they wrote a report with very specific recommendations on improving the justice and law enforcement system. You know, during this quarantine many of us have used some of the time to go through our “stuff” to either keep, give away or throw away. Maybe you could look for that report (as well as the ones on climate change and pandemic responses)? They are probably in your basement, oops, I mean secure bunker. You went down there two and a half times? Finish going down the steps this time and look in all the corners. The reports are probably there.

Dear Mr. President – June 3, 2020

June 3 2020
Dear Mr. President,
Today has been a slow, kind of lazy day where we could work on our garden and lawn, talk to friends either from a socially appropriate distance or via Zoom, cook some meals that weren’t particularly inspired and so, we didn’t spend too much time on the news. So what did you do? I looked at your schedule and saw that you had lunch with the Secretary of State. Can you share what you guys talk about? I bet there is some gossip about foreign leaders or bad press coverage. Maybe, just maybe, The Secretary gave you some cue cards or lines from the Bible that you could quote the next time you want to speak in public. May I suggest the line from the book of Deutoronomy (D’varim) where we are told “Justice, Justice you must pursue.” The commentators reflect on the repetition of the word “Justice”. While some (you) might think of it as “there are laws and everyone has to follow them” (even you?), the Hebrew word actually means “righteousness” or doing the right thing. The commentators go on to say “righteousness is rooted in kindness, caring and giving”. It is something to think about, Or, in the often repeated words of VPPence, “reflect on”. By the way, what has he been doing since the President’s Corona Virus Task Force disappeared (magically) from those” Longings “(they were sooooo long).
I saw the read out on your communications person’s daily press briefing., You know her, the one with lots of vowels in her name, and who was in the group of people standing awkwardly with you for pictures by the church. By the way, she and Ivanka, did the walk in spiked heels! Very impressive, although not very safe. She handles the unfair questions the Press asks by basically playing the “Yes, But…. Game”. It’s the game where you try and move the ball to another court to score points against the “enemy” team or at least keep the ball away from them without ever answering the question.She is very good at the game. I was curious about the President’s group walk across the street to show us a Bible. She tried to explain the purpose of the event and said that Franklin Graham really liked it. Then she announced that you had your annual physical and are healthy. I thought maybe the walk across the street was so you could tell your physician that you had been exercising. But, then I worried that the walk was why you didn’t have any official events today other than lunch. Maybe you were tuckered out?
It looks like the Pentagon People and probably, others, have talked you down from some of your threats on Monday. As one member of the American People, I certainly hope so. You can trust the governors (mostly) to do right by their constituents. They seem to know what a peaceful protest looks like and what rioting and rampaging looks like. Why don’t you listen to them tell you their stories on how they are handling the multiple crises of Corona Virus, Economic Disasters and Demands for a more Equitable Justice System. They may be able to help you distinguish between Law and Order (very important) and Justice based in Righteousness, Kindness and Caring and Giving.

Dear Mr President – June 2, 2020

June 2 2020
Dear Mr. President,
I want to apologize for writing that you were “scared”. I wrote you a letter before your very strongly worded “vocal tweet” yesterday evening. I’m calling it a “verbal tweet” because, like your written tweets, it had insults, threats, capital letters (shouts) and incomprehensible depths. It was, well, frankly, weird, sad, scary(for us, theAmerican People),hilarious(because the threats were not believable) and just plain strange. There you were in the Rose Garden, a place of beauty and calm with the sounds of thousands of PEACEFUL protestors in the background along with very loud sounds, Black Hawk helicopters, horses (with riders) and all kinds of military? police? secret service agents? the Inquisition? All to escort the PEACEFUL protestors off your lawn (actually, it’s the American People’s lawn and park and streets) before the curfew so you could walk across the street!!!!!
But, maybe you really are scared as in terrified, drowning in crises, embattled (sorry for that word) on all sides by enemies like the American People, the Press, the Democrats, the Corona Virus, the Economy, the Governors, and even George Will. You should be scared but there are lots of other ways to dial down your fear. You don’t really need the military with their battle plans for the” battle states” (what are the battle states? Are you planning on missile strikes on certain states?). Please don’t say yes.
Here’s my advice for your controlling your fear. First, take a deep breath, then take nine more deep breaths. Do it slowly or you might hyperventilate. Then, use a mantra like “This will magically go away in about 7 months (January 20, 2021) and I can go golfing whenever I want”. If you don’t like that mantra try “I am good, I am smart and darn it, people like me”. If that doesn’t work try a good cry. People often feel better when they have released their fears, anxiety or sadness with a good cry.
I could also recommend prayer or Bible study for you. It looks like you have the book, now. It appeared out of the blue and then you looked confused for a few seconds about which way the Book goes, and then you held it for a photo op to show ?????, not sure what you were trying to show. You do know that the Chumash (the Jewish Bible that contains the 5 Books of Moses) is read from right to left but the Christian Bible is read from left to right. Maybe that’s what confused you. I think your Event Planner didn’t think through all the details of this stunt. First of all, the Church leaders didn’t know you were coming and they were not pleased to see you there, even though the sign behind you read “All Welcome”. They are holding on- line services like so many other congregations. You could attend that without any trouble. Two, moving the crowd away from the Church with tear gas, flash bangs and all those uniformed people was not a great optic. Three, if you are going to show the American People a Bible, practice holding it first. Four, as Governor Cuomo (isn’t he terrific) said or wrote, “now open it”.
Which ever Holy Book you use, find the wisdom that they all contain about LOVE. It will help you control your fears.

Dear Mr. President – June 1, 2020

June 1 2020
Dear Mr. President,
Oh my goodness! You must be so scared!! Thank goodness you have a “Safe Room” in your basement and an army of helpers, protectors and viscous dogs to keep you safe. What was it like seeing so many people outside your home yelling and chanting and walking toward the fence? I’m sure it was scary when you and your family had to go to the basement. Maybe you could share with us what that was like for Melania and Baron. I am sure that even if you were scared you were comforting them and protecting them by tweeting angry “Stop Standing Near My Lawn” or something like that. You put on a brave(sort of) face and talk super tough but we all know you don’t really mean it. At least, not without”really big weapons and/or dogs and/or secret service and/or soldiers to back you up. You can tell me, weren’t you really really really scared?
The truth is that the fires and bad vibes were scary for everyone and it is clear that there are some “bad actors” out there. You do know (because you are so Smart) that those doing these acts are not a reflection of how and why so many people are protesting peacefully and calmly. You must know that there are a number of people who seem organized to try and disrupt the protests and who are looting and vandalizing. Are you tweeting about the actual reasons so many of people, even around the world, are supporting the need to reform our justice system and the policing that leads to the deaths and harassment of African Americans and other people of color? I have heard that you are tweeting and talking about how “tough” and “dominating” the local police and elected officials should be to deal with the “thugs” but are you also tweeting and talking about the real issue of injustices? Governor Cuomo (isn’t he terrific?) calls the protests “righteous” and “legitimate” and the “looters” are looking to disrupt, co-opt and distract from the need of reforms and change.
I listened to a short bit of the daily briefing with your new Communication Person, Kayleigh McKenna. You must be so proud of her. She always knows what questions are going to be asked and has a pre-prepared answer. She is smart and very attractive and blond although I wondered how she keeps her hair that color when so many other women’s hair is growing out. Is there a hair stylist who comes to the White House as an “essential worker” and does everyone’s hair color? She talks super fast and is really good at telling us how in control and on top of everything and really good at your job you are. It must be a big relief to have her around. I know I am being petty but I have two questions/suggestions for her: One- I think you should brush your hair and trim the bottom so it doesn’t flop around so much. Two, How do you keep your eyes opened? You wear a lot of mascara and I find it quite distracting wondering if the eyelashes weigh a lot or are fake or that’s your natural look.
Anyhow, back to you. I digressed because Kayleigh said you had been talking a lot about the situation and had all her quotes ready. She also blamed, well, you know who, for not reporting what you have said. She didn’t mention that You (the Fake News) are reporting on all your tough guy statements, and that is why the public really hasn’t heard your compassionate comments. Just reminder her that you communicate directly with the American People through your Tweets and you could express your heartfelt sadness and empathy through them (if you wanted to).
While you sit in the basement you know that Joe Biden has gone to several of the protests to listen to the people and show his support. Be careful, he might tweet that “The country is Burning and Trump is Hiding in his Basement.” That would really hurt your feelings.

Dear Mr. President – May 31,2020

May 31 2020
Dear Mr. President,
I am writing to you tonight with a very heavy heart that is lightened only by pictures of our grandkids, sweet Zoom calls with friends, and the funny jokes, memes and videos that are going around on Social Media (even if Social Media is sort of the real Fake Media – even thought how can you be Fake and Real at the same time?). Anyhow, I am sure you share my heavy heart feelings as well but I’m not sure your feelings are blunted by the same jokes, memes and videos. For example, I just watched President Obama’s last speech at the National Press Dinner in 2016. He is really funny and has great timing and a killer smile. You probably haven’t seen Sarah Cooper and her amazing lip syncing of your words that are blowing up on TikTok and Youtube. There’s even one one Tweet from a guy named Andy Milonakis. Yesterday he tweeted “Congratulations to the Astronauts that left Earth today. Good choice”.
Have I ever mentioned to you that The Big Bang Theory is not only a very funny show but there have been episodes with valuable advice for you? For example, one time Sheldon, the totally on the spectrum genius, needed to learn how to be more emotionally open and perceptive. He decided to take acting lessons from Penny, the neighbor who is trying to be an actress. I think you should take some acting lessons (not from Penny, the show has ended and I don’t know if she is available for acting lessons). You could practice emoting actual emotions when you read your “comforting” words to the public. Right now the sadness of death and illness, injustice and protests don’t sound really believable. I think you should practice (maybe every day for 15 minutes) a speech that sounds sympathetic to everyone.
I did think about some advice for you to help the country. My advice is to be a “MENSCH”. What is a Mensch? In Yiddish and probably German, it means a “man” but it has a larger connotation. It really means to be a “human being” who does the right thing, says the right thing and is kind and good to everyone. It’s not a word that rolls off of your tongue if you are not used to hearing or saying it. Our parents always told us to act like a “Mensch” or to be a “Mensch”. Once, when I was still a school social worker, I was talking to a young boy about age 10 about how I knew he was a good person and how he should show us that by acting like a good person. I used the word “Mensch” a few times. He misheard it as it wasn’t a part of his vocabulary. When we said our goodbyes he told me “Okay, I’ll be a Bench”. Mr. President, if you can’t be a “Mensch” maybe you could be a bench? A bench is quiet, can be used for a nice rest, usually is a welcomed sight and is often on a path. I’m thinking you could put one in the Rose Garden and go sit there and think about your behavior and words for a while.

Dear Mr. President – May 28, 2020

May 28 2020
Dear Mr.President,
I know I just wrote to you yesterday, but you must miss me as much as I miss you. Plus, tonight starts Shavuot and then it continues over Shabbat, so I may not be able to write to you for a few days. I know you know all about Shavuot but if you forgot, just ask Jarod and Ivanka. I’m sure she is busy making food for the next few days and maybe baking a cheese cake or two. Did you know that I have never made a cheese cake !! I know! It’s so weird, especially since I do so much cooking! I did make a terrific cake called Milk and Honey (NTTimes) that I’ve made a few times. It also seemed appropriate for the holiday and Shabbat. I also made a dish that I just learned about on the Great Big Jewish Food Festival. It’s called the Bread of the Seven Heavens. You can check it out on their website and while you are there, donate to the cause of raising funds to feed people through the different programs they are supporting. Since you haven’t really talked about how people are getting their food, except getting the workers in the meat processing plants back to their shifts while they continue to get sick and worse, this might move you to care about the problem in a different way. I don’t really need to know what you are having for dinner this weekend because we don’t eat the type of food you are reported to eat. But, I would would love to know what Ivanka and her family are having. I’d love to hear about her recipes, especially the ones for holidays and Shabbat.
I also wanted to tell you what a great job you are doing on trying to distract people from the Corona Virus, the Quarantine, the 20% plus unemployment, possible Depression and Utter Chaos. Instead, we can worry about so many other things, like you getting banned from Twitter, Twitter be banned by you or both of you making up and sending “Love Letters” to each other. If you can write them to the leader of North Korea, you could try that “diplomacy” with Twitter. I really thought you were making a joke about this. Boy, was I wrong. But, now I understand how distracting it is, at least for you. I think most people are still focused on their health, safety, surviving the loss of jobs, and life as we know it. Of course, the Twitter thing is incredible important but, maybe, save a little time in your schedule for work on helping the states help their people.
There are some other issues I hope you are worrying about. Please think about (and do something) about police violence on people of color. This is serious. Doing nothing will not help you win over the African American vote. It isn’t a monolithic vote anyway so whether or not you can think of something to say or do may not help you too much with your reelection. It would help if you could muster up some sympathy, empathy or, at least, a comment or two in support of the family and the community.
While you are at it, ask your speech writers to come up with some sincere words on the horrid loss of so many in our country. Don’t use the line “one life is too many” again as you have said that too many times. One time was too many. Let’s save our discussion about how to win more women, young voters, older people who are leaving you, moderate Republicans and Independents to your campaign for a different time.
Also, I don’t think you should worry too much about mail in voting. It’s really the responsibility of the states, not you, and it seems to be very effective, safe and popular all over the country. Your people will get to the polls come hell or high water. Actually, there may be hell (unemployment, hunger, etc. etc. etc. ) or high water (floods, hurricanes or dams breaking).Your die hard base (I really hope they don’t die hard) can try their luck without masks or social distancing, or, maybe, they could just send in their ballot.
You have so many other problems to think about that you can take this one off your plate. Speaking of your plate, have a great dinner.

Dear Mr. President – May 27, 2020

May 27 2020
Dear Mr. President,
I had a low energy day today. Maybe it is the weather but it’s also the news about the United States reaching this horrible milestone of 1000,0000 deaths. I know I’ve written to you about this before but between seeing the NYTimes front page (and beyond) and today’s sad numbers, I just felt sad, lethargic and unmotivated. How about you? What did you do? I haven’t watched any news but I did read that you were headed to Florida to watch a space launch. It’s very exciting and super cool. How did it go? I also saw a picture of what I think are either the space suits or the new uniform for the Space Force. The two men dressed up in the suits looked a lot like the sperm in the old Woody Allen movie, Everything you Always Wanted To Know About Sex.
Speaking of Social Media, I heard about your Tweet today threatening Twitter for limiting your Constitutional right to free speech. People got so crazy about this. They don’t realize that this is your sense of humor joking about your posts. Don’t they realize that you would never “crack down” on Twitter or “strongly regulate” it or “shut down” the site. Hahahahah. What would you do with all your free time? How would you spend your days and nights? You love Twitter and you love arguing with people. It’s so much fun for you. But, it was a “gotcha” of the Trump Haters and
lawyers and constitutional scholars and, well, lots of others. People just don’t get your sophisticated sense of humor.
I hope you had a nice trip to Florida even though the weather didn’t cooperate. I bet you wish you could have used a sharpie and redrawn the path of the storm.

Dear Mr. President – May 26, 2020

May 26 2020
Dear Mr. President,
It’s another hot and humid day here in Michigan but maybe it’s also hot and humid in Washington, D.C. Or, maybe it’s only hot and humid on your Twitter account? I thought the lovely weekend of golfing that you had would help you chillax (chill and relax)but it seems like it just stirred you up. You had the honor of placing a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier to help honor all our military who died in all our wars to protect this country AND the world (WWI and WWII – the first “W” stands for World).
Anyhow you seem to have already forgotten that this is a solemn moment, not a moment to be mean to members of the military. I’m writing about Conor Lamb, a Democrat House Representative, (not Connor Lamm, if you are going to defame someone at least spell his name correctly.)You called him “an American fraud” because, you wrote, he is “a puppet” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He promised to not vote for her for Speaker of the House during his campaign but, you wrote that he did vote for her…..but he didn’t!. Besides, why do you care who he did or did not vote for? Anyhow, he was a Judge Advocate officer in the Marine Corps for 4 years and was honorable discharged as a captain. Then he was in the Marine reserves from 2013 until this year. Oh, I get it, you are supporting the Republican he is running against who is an Army veteran who served in combat in Afghanistan. On the day honoring those who served and gave their lives, it seems inappropriate to tell falsehoods about a service member just because he is not a Republican. So, I am suggesting you spell people’s names correctly and check your facts that are actually not facts about them.
Speaking of not checking facts, you went on (and on and on) today about Joe Scarborough and accused him of murder!!! Mr. President, your momma must have taught you better than this. Didn’t she ever say “Donnie, don’t accuse people of murder because that really hurts the family of the dead and it’s a terrible thing to say”? She must have taught you that lesson. As a mother myself, I am sure she taught you this. I know I did.
So, in short, here are some new words to practice using. Let’s work on eliminating other words (Dumb, Crazy, Nasty, Lying, Cheating, Horrible and Mentally Unstable) and try these words instead: Kind, Thoughtful, Interesting, Loving, Caring, Responsible, Uniting, and, the word “SORRY”.
Try to reclaim the “chillax” and watch something fun on TV. I hear there is a new series that a parody on the Space Force. It’s getting great reviews.

Dear Mr. President – May 25, 2020

May 25 2020
Dear Mr. President,
What a lovely weekend! The weather in my part of the world is very beautiful although a bit muggy and hot. Still, it’s so nice to see sun, people out walking in the parks and sitting on their porches. Most of them are wearing masks and/or socially distancing. I see that you had the opportunity to go golfing for two days. You seem happy to be outside, enjoying the weather, your friends, maybe your family and not being too bothered by everything going on in Washington, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, Mississippi, Michigan, Illinois, California and many other states that are seeing spikes in their infection and hospitalization rates. It’s important for you to get some R and R so you can be sharp and ready for the challenges of the next months.
You are working very hard on “opening up the country” come hell or high water and trying to encourage us all to get back to “normal”. Did you make it to a crowded church service yesterday? I didn’t read anything about you going to one. I wondered how many congregations conducted services in person. It would be good to know so that Testing and Tracing can be done in a few weeks. You also mentioned that schools should OPEN immediately or very soon. You have been so focused on the” Invisible Enemy ” you have probably forgotten that the school year is technically over in about 2-3 weeks. Are you suggesting that summer school for all is a good idea. If so, would there be federal funds to support that? It would be used for teachers’ and other support staff salaries, air conditioning for schools that don’t have it and/or fans. Think about it.
I saw a part of the ceremony at Arlington Cemetery this morning. It’s always such a moving event with taps, the wreaths and the serious demeanors of all who participate. I went to pay my respects at a local memorial a few days ago. There were red, white and blue flower arrangements at the site. I actually teared up and thanked G-d that my father made it through WWII and we can honor him on Veterans’Day, not today. I mourn for all the lost lives of my generation and the next two as well. It is also a day to think about the lives lost in this country over the past three months. The NYTimes front page and the next pages was also so moving a memorial. I hope you get a chance to check it out.
Anyhow, I wanted to tell you that you looked pretty good at the cemetery. Have you lost any weight or was it just the dark suit and camera angle? If you have lost weight, how did you do it? Many of us are over- eating because the refrigerator is right there beckoning to us. You mentioned you have been exercising, although I don’t think riding in a golf cart really counts for a lot. Neither does pushing letters on your phone. You tweet so much that you might start to feel some arthritis in your fingers. You are done with the H (remember, it’s too hard to write that drug’s name out so I just use the letter H), you can use some Ibufrofen for your sore fingers. Stay safe.