奥巴马和十封信的故事, 时间:2012-01-06 ,来源: 国际先驱导报
今年49岁的布洛吉特,过去18年来,将Bare Escentuals,从一个新办企业,培育成全球化妆品帝国。她在2010年3月,以17亿美元的价格,将Bare Escentuals出售给资生堂，她继续在全世界专卖店推销产品，不断上网同顾客交谈。几十名粉丝,每天都上布洛吉特的脸谱（Facebook）网页，坦诚自己个人生活中的细节,并对她不上瘾的化妆发表意见。她只是希望自己19岁的儿子特仑特,同她频繁接触，就像同她丈夫凯斯（Keith）那样,融洽相处。1995年，38岁的凯斯,辞去制作电视广告工作，照料特仑特，也让布洛吉特全身心投入自己的生意。她很成功，但她也嫉妒丈夫和儿子的关系。正在大学上二年级的特仑特,每天都给爸爸发短信，但经常一个星期,还不给她发一次。
Obama and the 10 letters of the story, time :2012 -01-06, source: International Herald Tribune
Obama usually weekly, will select 5-15 people in a brief letter of reply, occasionally, bears flowers of a check or make a phone call, to help some people, to solve some problems.
Letter from the people, and sometimes make Obama feel very weak, because the response to the question of which, so real, so urgent and serious.
8 o’clock every night, a bunch of thick black paper bag, the White House will be delivered on time, this is President Obama’s daily reading of the “homework”, which, with speech draft policy proposal and schedule table . But all the documents, Obama used the first open, is a pink folder that says “your request, we attached a 10 letter addressed to you.” Since starting the day after taking office Obama on every day to read 10 letters from the American public. Some of them, written on the crumpled scrap paper, and some illegible handwriting, typo talk, but for Obama, this is his and the public the importance of direct communication channels.
“Tell you that I live right over the past two years.”
In 2008, Jane Nifukelai due to vote for Obama, today, for the 28-year-old, she is concerned, Obama still seems to be, and they have many similarities to ordinary people, like may be willing to listen her mind about a friend – he has two young daughters, she had two small sons; he raised a dog, she also raised the dog … …
One day in early 2010, Klein went to coffee table, from the 8-year-old son, Brendan bought a notebook, tore a few pages down. “Dear Mr. President,” Klein wrote, and then skip a line beginning.
“Mr. Obama,” she went on to write, “I will tell you that I own, and the last two years of living it.”
Where to start? In 2007, Klein was pregnant, her boyfriend lives in the name of a house located on the river, then, Michigan’s economy began to collapse. May that year, she lost the pharmaceutical technician working on the same day, her mother also was fired. Her boyfriend’s swimming pool business failures, and her four credit cards, owe a total of $ 50,000, there are two companies sued her. Klein filed for bankruptcy. Government to abolish the right to redeem her boyfriend house. She was first to go over their parents, and later, and with one of her friends live together, until you find a barely affordable rental housing, the environment is poor.
In this letter, Klein all the twists and turns, reduced to a sentence: “About five days, I lost my job, my health benefits and my self-worth.”
After the dismissal, Klein week, have applied some of the work, and the failure of her record, which can receive unemployment assistance of $ 850 per month. Home Depot offers a job eventually, but the wage of $ 7 per hour, less than the cost of childcare please people. After that, she managed to get a $ 2,600 Pell grants, and, into a community college nursing programs. However, job opportunities still slim.
In the letter, she writes: “Mr. President, in Michigan, looking for a job very difficult.”
In 2008, Klein began to notice, her skin rash, but she do not want to see a doctor, because he no longer has health insurance. In her view, may be just too much pressure, but the rash has been spreading. So, she applied for medical assistance, but has repeatedly denied. To apply until her fourth, she was in the office, will pull up his shirt, exposing her chest and back a number of dark red streaks. A few days later, she received medical assistance.
She will test results, told Obama: “At that time, I was also diagnosed with lymphoma and melanoma, and basal cell skin cancer.”
Klein found that the contents of her letter, became frustrating, but this is not what you want. She wanted to tell Obama that she and her boyfriend eventually married in November, and organized a banquet; son Brendan will be $ 3 a week pocket money saved up, and then contributed $ 95 for the wedding; radiation, chemotherapy, and some plastic surgery after two doctors were confident that she will beat cancer. Her husband found work in the airline the night shift, $ 14 per hour.
Thus, in the letter, she wrote: “Within a few years, the situation will become very good.”
Klein in 10 minutes, wrote three. This letter is more like a diary, and informal letters. She never thought anyone would read this letter. She look like the same as her autobiography, think of this letter: the reader is not important – share this in itself is purifying the mind. In the end she wrote: “I hope you see this letter, very healthy and happy.”
Letter carefully selected, served the White House
From Monroe City, Michigan to the envelope, arrived in Washington, after chemicals and radioactive materials detection. Then, with the other 1000 with a letter addressed to Obama, were put into a 20-pound white box, rushed to the lobby of an office building near the White House, through the metal detector scan and inspection of security personnel, Then the floor was put to the elevator leading to 9. Once there, it was stacked in the next five other similar boxes. These boxes, are close to the “White House Letter” label.
This is between the public and the President of the filter: a general office building in the layer. For security reasons, its location is confidential. Want to call the President? When the phone rang in here. Want to send an email to the President? Here the message will be sent to a computer. Want to send a gift to the President? It may be temporarily stored on the lounge next to a closet.
This morning, 24-year-old Nicole Stephen Kerr holding a bunch of letters went to the table. Her work is read from 200 to 350 letters a day. And were asked not to divulge details of the work to others, because this information is private, only the President would have to see.
Stephen Kerr read the letter, they will classify these letters she placed about 70 theme folder – this is a constantly changing list of categories, providing a barometer of national priority. Last February, about half of the letters, concerned about health care reform, last November, about half of the letters concern the war in Afghanistan. 6% to 10% of the letters Obama wrote to his admirer, expressed support for him. Other conventional types, including global warming, religion and politics, oil prices, the death penalty, Darfur, avian flu, Iran, employment, single parent families and so on.
Stephen Kerr, when reading the letter, will look for a representative, and news related. She singled out one of the best 3-5 in the top write “sample”, which established the President’s letter can be sent. She said: “Those who are so impressed with your letter.”
Shortly after noon, several hundred letters “sample” letters, the communications director 迈克凯莱赫 on to the office. He put them on the table, pick one of ten, gave Obama. He told aides, the president is not necessarily the best, longest or the most inspiring letters. He wanted a representative sample: and critical appreciation of the letters, elegant and rushed to the letter. Therefore, Kelleher habits, is to study the composition of letters daily situation – for example, 60% on health care reform, 30% of the work, 10% of Iraq – and then, in the selection of the 10 day letter, reflecting the out of this combination.
Obama used to respond to simple
On this day, Kelleher picked up off the table a letter from the City of Monroe, Mich., letter – yes, yes, this is due to Jane Nifukelai letter. In Kelleher, it looks longer than the usual letter that it is talking about is the hottest current topics, such as unemployment and medical insurance. It reflects the country’s problems, and their commitment – that the President is Mr. Kelleher will appreciate the story. He put it together with other 9 letter, into the folder, was sent to the White House.
Obama as the former, as reading a folder of 10 letters, and replies to them several letters. Aides say the president is usually one week back 5 to 15 letters, and he more inclined to reply sensible criticism, military veterans, and remain optimistic about America’s poor. He likes to “encouraging” the letter, and, prefer to provide “able to take him to Washington than elsewhere,” the letter.
Obama read Klein’s letter, he took the White House memo – postcard size, thick white paper, printed with the top raised presidential seal. He began to write this: “Jennifer,”
Obama used simple response: a word to express the thanks of this letter, the other one or two words to express to encourage rather than proposals. He gave Klein wrote: “Thank you for your very kind and encouraging letter, and I know the situation difficult, but you and your husband like people, I firmly believe that things will be changed to get better!” Finally, Obama horses in the lower right corner, signed his name, and then he will continue reading the next letter.
A few days later, a cold day, Jane Nifukelai walked from the porch because the most recent chemotherapy, made her feel nausea and vomiting. In the mailbox, is a large yellow envelope, marked with from the White House. Klein immediately think: how do I encountered so much trouble, so that now the President are the volume came in?
She opened the envelope and found two connected cards with paper tape. Between card stock, as protection is another envelope, much smaller, which is decorated with the seal of the President notes. Klein thought of Obama three weeks ago she wrote a letter, her hand began to shake again. She notes into the kitchen, holding it in the light: cursive body, a syntax error, there is a small black ink stain.
This is true? She think so.
She began to laugh, and then, delighted to scream.
Public letter, Obama will feel unable to
Read a letter from ordinary Americans, not a novelty. For decades, many U.S. president, whether Democrat or Republican, have read the letter and the response writer.
For example, America’s first president, George Washington, every day, received about 5 letters, they read and reply. In the late 18th century, 25th president 威廉麦金莱, hired an assistant to handle the influx of 100 letters a day.
“Wrote to the White House”, with the 1830s Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats, and into the blowout phase, then urging the audience to “tell me your problems.” In the week after the broadcast, he received 450,000 letters.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton received 2.26 million letters, and more than 100 million messages.
Although Obama is not the first one will personally read the letter public U.S. president, but he really is a “first read the letter into the daily habits of the U.S. president.” Salo is responsible for reporting the White House correspondent, told Reuters: “Obama is still with the ordinary American people, to maintain close contact way is by many of the 10 letters, this is his real life with people the opportunity to interact.”
Salo said Obama told him, “the letter from the people, and sometimes made him feel very weak, because the response of this reality which, so urgent and serious, so he sometimes believes that he can not do anything.” Mr. President also acknowledged that in some circumstances, he will open a check or make a phone call to solve some problems, because he felt that this is the only thing he can do. (Benpian reported, thanks to the U.S. “Washington Post” White House press correspondents 伊莱萨洛艾 Lisa Slocum, a new book published in 2011, she describes in detail the story of Barack Obama and 10 letters. )
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