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(an employer’s message to  President – Elect Barack Obama)


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In the Y2002 courageous Wendell Berry, the Hero  of the US had written  ‘The Citizen’s Response’ to the Bush madness. Anyone  can read it now at


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Unfortunately, that was after the President- Select had  bared his fangs and all the  President’s  buttkissers  had already lined up for the brownnosing, murder and thievery. This time we have a new era  and a new hope. We do have a President-Elect, seemingly intelligent, smart, bright young man.  He comes to us with a  banner of hope. It is thus paramount to set the record straight from the start and explain to our new employee what we expect from him. This one most possibly will listen.


Dear President-Elect,


Congratulations, you  are hired.  It was a tough  process and I admire your tenacity and your stamina.  You went through the grueling campaign and emerged  seemingly the same as before. That’s commendable.  Now,  after you have inspected the Residence we, the people had allocated for our Chief Headservant it is time to wake up and smell the coffee. Please read the following attentively because that would be the only  time  I, Joe- Citizen will explain to you what  are my expectations. Next time you will hear from  me in four years.


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 I am talking about that idiotic commercial  currently shown on TV. It states,  ‘Obama, you are ready to lead and we are ready to help.’ Not a chance, Barry. We are ready to live our lives as before and you are ready to serve. You are  our chief servant, not the leader. You are a leader of the administrative branch of the US govt,  not the  leader of the US people. You are a servant and you are accountable.  To serve  the US people is an honor but it is also highly compensated. As such you better take off the laurels and concentrate on what the employer wants. Much is expected from you   You have been given an enormous credit and you better do not blow it.


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The writer is 57 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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