Friday, February 01, 2008

Letters from (and to) Barack

Since our resident Ivy League graduate is doing such an excellent job surveying the landscape for the Mog readers, I figured I'd get more personal in my political columns. Late last year Friend of the Mog and staunch Republican JPH invited me to attend a Barack Obama speech here in lovely Charlottesville, Virginia. Contrary to his expectations, the event featured very little pot smoking, bra burning, or bongo drumming, and was in fact an impressive performance by a gifted orator (with the requisite smathering of adorable and ethnically diverse children behind him). In order to attend the speech, I had to go to Obama'a website and print out a ticket, and curiously enough, soon after the event, Senator Obama began sending me personal emails. Of course, I didn't want to lose contact with my new friend so I've been writing back, and so, without further adieu, I present "Letters from (and to) Barack"

Sat Jan. 26th 9:06pm (from Barack)
James --
We've just won a big victory in South Carolina.
After four great contests in every corner of this country, and another record turnout today, we have the most votes, the most delegates, and the most diverse coalition of Americans we've seen in a long, long time.
More than 20 states will have their voices heard on February 5th, and we will need your help there, too.
I'll be heading down shortly to thank our supporters in South Carolina.
If you're reading this tonight, I hope you'll tune in at home so I can thank you, too.

- Barack

My response:

I'm glad it went so well for you in South Carolina. It seems like you are really gaining momentum as Super Tuesday approaches. I'm back in Charlottesville and classes started up again this week, so Im getting back into the law school routine - you know how it is. While Im glad to be back and see all of my friends, I can't say that I missed the weather, spending a couple of weeks in Florida away from the cold was definitely a nice break. Anyways, hope all is well on the campaign trail.

Your buddy,

James - btw, how'd you end up doing in your fantasy football playoffs?

Mon. Jan. 28th 11:39p (from Barack)
James --
Tonight, Governor Kathleen Sebelius spoke eloquently to the nation on behalf of our party.
But I wanted to share my personal response to George Bush's final State of the Union with you.
Watch my response here:
Next year, when it will be the job of someone new to report on the state of our union, the entire nation can have a president they believe in. And with your help in the coming days and weeks, that's the kind of president I will be.

Thank you,


My response:

It's so funny that you wrote me about this because when I saw the State of the Union was on, it made me think of you. Sorry it took me a few days to get back to you but I Tivoed the SoU so that I could watch Terminator: Sara Connor Chronicles live (which was a repeat by the way). Your website is pretty cool - did you get that on blogspot or did you use or one of those sites? Your thoughts on Bush's speech were interesting, but did you really record that right after you left the Capitol? You need to take it a little easier or you're gonna get run down.

Talk to you soon,


Wed. Jan. 30th 1:28p (from Sen. Ted Kennedy)
Dear James,

When I endorsed Barack Obama on Monday, I was also endorsing a candidate with the power to transform America. As President Kennedy said in 1960, "It is time for a new generation of leadership." This campaign is about a new generation of leadership today. A generation ready to be part of something bigger than themselves. A generation ready to change the country, and a generation ready to change the world. Like my son Patrick and my niece Caroline, I have found a new generation of leadership for America in Barack Obama -- and I hope you have too!

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

My response:
Sen. Kennedy,

Good to hear from you. I first met Barack when he came to C'ville last fall for a campaign event and we've been trading emails ever since. I mentioned that you were a UVA Law alum and you knew your way around DC, and suggested that he give you a call when he got back into the city. Sounds like you guys have really hit it off!

Are you coming to town for graduation this year? If so, we'll hit the bars and the couch is all yours as always.

- James

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