Advice for President Elect Obama on keeping a good attitude
Max’s advice for January 5, 2009
Dear President Elect Obama,
Max grew up as the son of a man who knew ‘ALL’ the answers to the problems of the world. Max’s father said so! Many times, his father let everyone know that anyone who didn’t know that he had the answers was a turkey or a knucklehead.
The famous Ma Bell, the second most powerful force in the world (next to God of course), thought so much of Max’s father’s opinions, that she made him ‘Supervisor of Troubles’. This is true!
The advice Max promised you, Mr. President Elect.
Don’t let the little things get you down!
During the campaign for the office, there were times when the media was able to push you until you cried uncle and threw your pastor under the bus.
Now the set backs appear to be coming every day. Richardson’s decision, the fighting in the Middle East and the governor of Illinois are all distractions that the media might use as leverage to get you to say things that you would rather not.
You are the President Elect. A few days from now you are going to be the leader of 300 million Americans. As a parent, you know what it is like to sit at a dinner table with three other people who look up to you.
Now the table is larger and the faces are less familiar. If you think you had problems, just look into the eyes of your new family!
In those eyes you will see laughter and joy like you can barely imagine. In some of those eyes you will see pain and worry like none you have ever felt.
In all of those eyes you will see hope. Your goal to become president has married with their hopes for the future. There is no room for little things to get you down.
Max and the crowd are sitting at the table looking toward you with eyes of hope. Some at the table are unwilling participants (like children up a few minutes too late). Others are willing but rambunctious participants; grabbing at every idea good or bad as though it was a tasty morsel.
For better or worse they are all yours. If someone decides not to take a job, know a thousand bosses at the table just lost their best employee. If someone decides to appoint a person under a cloud, know that it happens all the time (look at the knowing faces).
Unless the problem involves the survival of the nation or the planet, you can now consider it a small problem. The people you hire will the ones responsible for solving those problems.
Max, in his limited wisdom, figured that this was safe advice.
Max wishes you well in your attempt to bring hope to the nation.
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