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Arment Dietrich

Good dad or sneaky spin doctor?

By: Arment Dietrich | January 15, 2009 | 
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Alright, so I love Barack Obama and the hope he brings to our nation’s future, but when I read this letter to his daughters, I couldn’t help but question his intensions.  

 

What started out to be, in my mind, a sweet, light-hearted letter to his daughters about his pursuit for the White House, drastically turned into what sounded like a speech from his campaign trail.

 

 

 

Phrases like, “I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential-schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them,” and “Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country,” sound a little fishy, right?

 

But the line that, well, crossed the line read, “And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.”

 

Common! Is he still battling Hillary for the democratic ticket or what? Maybe dad’s really do write messages like this to their daughters – although if that’s the case, I must say that my dad is going to receive a heated phone call later tonight.

 

If you ask me, someone spun this sweet and innocent letter to his daughters into a message about his good intensions for the years to come. I don’t like it.

 

I love you Barack, but common man!

1 comments
Eric Seidel
Eric Seidel

Gini and I agree that we don't like spin. And she makes a good case about that letter Barack Obama (allegedly?) wrote to his daughters. I have two daughters and I don't think a personal letter to them would sound like something out of one of my stump speeches. However, I do believe Obama is one of the better politicians at responding to questions rather than employing evasion or simply ignoring what's been asked. In fact, after watching his interview on ABC's
This Week this past Sunday, I wrote on my own blog (www.ericmseidel.blogspot.come) complementing him for answering the questions he was asked, albeit (and this is his right) on his terms, from his perspective. But, it seems to me that when he's talking to his girls, or writing them, the words and the wisdom would be on a much more intimate level.