President Obama wrote checks to struggling Americans, according to Washington Post book - Election 2012
President Obama has often been labeled professorial and aloof, a commander-in-chief who has had trouble connecting to the struggles of ordinary Americans, and trouble emoting.
But a new book by Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow offers a small window into Obama’s thinking as he hears from ordinary Americans. Each day, Obama reads ten letters that are carefully selected and offer a representative sampling of the 20,000 missives that arrive each day at the the White House for Obama.
It’s a humble, old-fashioned thing to do, writing to a president in a text- message era. Yet the letters are Obama’s eyes-and-ears as to what’s going on across the country.
“I can’t think of any other means through which Obama connects so directly to people’s everyday lives,” Saslow e-mailed me.
In his book “Ten Letters,” Saslow writes of the growing disconnect that Obama felt between the urgency of people’s problems and the slow grind of government in Washington…