What is Washboard Express?

Washboard Express is a way for me to express my own opinions, to be a provocative gadfly, by writing a "letter a day" to the President. I may miss a day here and there, because sometimes my family with be my first priority, but my goal is to write a total of 365 letters, representing one full year. To say I have opinions about most things would be to understate the obvious. Those of you that know me, know this is true, those who don't know me, will learn that it's true. The Washboard is a reference to going back to basics and "keeping it clean," so if you would like me to post your comments or opinions on this blog, I only ask that you be respectful. So go ahead, express yourself, and I look forward to an exchange of ideas and opinions.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Day 3... Declare Victory and Bring the Troops Home.

Dear Mr. President,

I know this is arriving after the fact, but I wanted all the brouhaha to subside before I sent my thoughts and comments.

Congratulations on bringing Bin Laden to justice… I don’t say for killing him because I think that’s kind of ghoulish, but you did indeed exact justice. In fact, I think it was the perfect solution to an unwinnable problem. If you had captured him like Saddam Hussein then the country would have been further divided by how to handle a trial, his care, his faith, etc… His followers, would never accept how America treated him, no matter what we did. You know that to be true just from how they have responded to his burial at sea. In short, there would be constant criticism, which would only serve as another distraction from our real problems, like unemployment, health care… you know the whole list better than I do.

Promise fulfilled by President Obama
To the point of today’s letter… Now that Bin Laden is out of the picture, you Mr. President, have the perfect opportunity to announce that you will be bringing home a good part of our military men and women deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan… Declare a small victory against terrorism and bring some of our children, fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers home to their families. Isn’t it time to easy the burden placed on these families that are sacrificing so much for this country? I say the time is perfect for you to fulfill that promise to the American people. You will then truly become an American Hero, at least in the eyes of many and certainly in the eyes of the military families. 
We have so many of our own problems here at home that need our desperate attention… so tomorrow I will talk about some of the problems facing ordinary people… people like my brother who was out of work for so long that the stress finally killed him. People like my sister who is upside down in her house, and cannot get relief from B of A or anyone else she had contacted.

In closing for today, I want to thank you again for fulfilling your promise to get Bin Laden… you did a great job, and please think about bringing home some of our troops.

Most Respectfully,

Marcia Reimers
The Gadfly Granny

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