Monday, November 26, 2012
In an effort to stay connected with his constituents, President Obama has his staff select ten letters for him to read that are representative of the enormous volumes of correspondence received by the White House each day. For this book, Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow tracks down and profiles ten American letter writers whose letters were personally read and answered by the President. Each of them had very personal reasons to engage their President with their views on an issue that deeply concerned them.
This book could certainly be considered by many to have a political bias. It certainly covers letters about politically charged topics, as well as a reaction and response representing President Obama's perspective. To me, however, this book was much less about the positions taken by the letter writers and/or our President and more about the personal stories of each of the letter writers that led them to actually share their viewpoint with the highest ranking elected official in their government. These stories provided some examples of national issues having direct and personal impact on the lives of everyday citizens.