|Hard-at-Work: Obama Reads 10 Letters per Day|
|by Tom McGregor||Tue, Aug 26, 2014, 08:44 PM|
White House officials are biting back at the notion that President Barry Obama is lazy, detached and shiftless. They contend that Barry reads 10 letters per day from regular Americans when he's not playing golf.
NPR reports that, "The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President."
Obama is quoted as saying that, " As a nation, we're founded on the belief that all of us are equal and each of us deserves the freedom to pursue our own version of happiness, to make the most of our talents, to speak our minds, to not fit in. Most of all, to be true to ourselves. That's the freedom that enriches all of us. That's what America's all about. And every day it gets better."
According to NPR, "Right, yeah. It was a different kind of reply in that one. And sometimes that's the way these letters work. John's letter, like a lot of these letters, was almost like a diary entry. I mean it was incredibly honest and candid, in part, because he thought nobody would probably ever read it. I mean you send a letter to the president and it's sort of like putting a prayer in an envelope. I mean the odds of having somebody read and respond to that seem remarkably remote."
Nevertheless, Obama is generous, if he reads 11 or more letters per day, he would have to charge American taxpayers for overtime pay, since that would be "beyond his pay-grade."
To read the entire article from NPR, link here:
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