When I first heard about this story, I didn’t pay much attention to it, but Phineas did, and put some thought into it:
Oh, please. Don’t insult my intelligence:
Every night before he goes to sleep, the president of the United States reads 10 letters from the pile of 20,000 sent to him by Americans every day. Sometimes, he writes back. He’s even, on occasion, included a check.
“It’s not something I should advertise, but it has happened,” President Barack Obama told reporter Eli Saslow, author of the new book, “Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.”
I’m not sure what the bigger whopper is here: that Obama plays “secret Santa” to some of the poor, downtrodden folks in danger of losing their homes or with medical bills they can’t pay, or that a guy with an ego the size of the Grand Canyon is reluctant to talk about it.
Consider the first choice. Are you really going to tell me these people have received personal checks from the President of the United States and have stayed quiet about it? They didn’t tell their relatives? They and their relatives didn’t tell the local news? No one at the bank who cashed the check told anyone “Hey, I just cashed a check from Obama?” Word never got to the national news networks, who’d love to carry a feel-good story about their God-King?
Everyone stayed mum?
OK, I never really considered it before, but just how many people do you know who, if they’d actually received a check from the President of the United States, wouldn’t have said something, wouldn’t have photocopied it, and wouldn’t have said something to the hometown newspaper? And while bank tellers are supposed to keep quiet about such things, wouldn’t some eyebrows be raised — at the very least — when Joe Schmuckatella comes in to deposit a check from Barack Hussein Obama into his checking account, and would this really stay quiet? Enquiring minds want to know.
Now, I suppose that the President could have set up some sort of private account which didn’t have his name on it, somehow, and there has to be some way that the President’s story could be true, but does it really sound believable to you?