Open Letter to the President
September 28, 2001
Let me get the unpleasant part out of the way. I did not
vote for you. There may be a scenario where I would vote for
you but I can't figure it out. I also believe that you are
President only because of a stolen election. None of that
matters now. You are our President. We need to be able to
That is the problem. You have surrounded yourself with a
trio of liars. Karl Rove, Karen Hughes, and Ari Fleischer
have no credibility. Story after story has emanated from your
White House and have turned out not to be true.
You'd only been there a few days and we heard lurid tales
of destruction by the previous occupants. Ari Fleischer assured
us that a log of the destuction was being kept. It turns out
there was no log, and no destruction.
Then there was the tax debate. Over and over it was claimed
that the reason the working poor should not get any money
is that they don't pay taxes. It turned out that the money
being used for the rebate was Social Security taxes that the
working poor do indeed pay.
Now there is the whole Air Force One and White House flap.
Your handlers claimed that they were both threatened. Now
we know they weren't. Another lie.
In between we had the invitation for the Democratic leaders
that never came. We had the threats against reporters that
dared to question any of this.
You need to change this. You need to fire these people. We
need to be able to trust you. When you attack Bin Laden, as
I hope you will, we need to trust that you have the evidence.
We need to trust that the people who you say you are using
you actually are. I know that at times you are going to have
to protect sources. I know that at times you are going to
have to be evasive and vague.
In order for us to trust you we need to trust your spokespeople.
You need new ones. You need to list every lie they told in
your name. You need to admit to those that you asked them
to tell. You need to hire trustworthy professionals that can
Before the attack, we could live with a lying cabal in the
White House. We can't now. To be brutally honest it will take
a while even with new spokesman before I believe you. Your
track record is bad.
The saddest part of this is that the lies were stupid and
unneccessary. The press was already making Clinton out to
be Satan without the White House trashing stories.
The Democrats sold out on tax cuts anyhow. The country
would have understood why you were in Nebraska on the
These reflexive lies are now coming home to roost.
To prosecute this vital war you need the trust of patriotic
liberals like me. You do not have it. Fire the duplicitous
three and let the truth set us free. We are owed that. You
are an accidental President at best. We deserve better.
I close with a prayer that ought to be familiar to you. "God
grant me the accept the things I can not change, the courage
to change those I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."
You can not change the lies told in your name. You can change
who speaks for you. May you find the courage to do so.