by
George A. Magalios
February 2009

Dear Mr. President:

Congratulations on your historic victory in a remarkable campaign. I am writing you to thank you for your courage and leadership. I am an artist and entrepreneur whose background as a philosopher and political theorist has meant that I have often, to my regret, relegated direct political involvement behind theoretical concerns. I have never written an elected official before and I am generally someone whose political viewpoints could best be described as green and left of left. I have often been very disillusioned by the Democratic Party’s inability to offer national healthcare, swear off the corrupting influences of Washington corporate lobbyists, and stand up to former President Bush and former Vice President Cheney’s reign of greed and terror. After watching your victory speech on election night and your inauguration speech, I was moved to tears. I remain moved and inspired by your courage, dignity, grace, intelligence, fortitude, and integrity. I pray that they may always be your friends and trusted allies in times of crisis and joy.

After eight years of darkness I am so proud to be an American by choice (I was born in Canada)! I am once again excited to read the news and the political analyses. I am thrilled that you are honoring your principles now that you are in office. I am grateful that you ordered the closure of the American military presence in Guantanamo Bay. I thank you for implementing the highest standards of ethics for your staff members. I thank you for your economic stimulus package. I pray that you will also end American military actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere as soon as possible so that the world may see the United States as a harbinger of peace and not war. I pray as well that you will make the dream of national health care a reality for all Americans and end the shame of our greedy and unfair health system.

I am excited at the prospect of having a president who values intelligence, thoughtfulness, wisdom, decency, and integrity in his dealings with other countries, his political rivals, and his fellow Americans. Yours is a special story Mr. President and watching you and your lovely family so full of happiness and strength on inauguration day inspired me to reflect on the angels that bless you all. I pray that they will always shine on you and protect you from the darkness and negativity that will inevitably visit you while you are President.

I encourage you to safeguard your integrity, your highest principals of honor, dignity, and decency. I urge you to protect all the great power of love and wisdom that helped bring you to office. I ask that you never lose sight of the light that is your family. I encourage you to preserve your optimistic spirit. Never give up. Never give in to cynicism. Remember that you will always have friends like me when the bright times of optimism occasionally recede into the shade of darkness. Your election was historic not just because of the color of your skin, but also, if not more so, because of the strength and charisma of your character. Your goodness and your integrity are greatly needed Mr. President and I want to tell you that they have touched me, and many in my life, deeply already.

If I can ever be of service to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are ever in the South Florida area, please feel free to call on me so that I may have the honor of hosting you and your family for dinner. I send you and your family all my love and wishes for a successful, prosperous, and peaceful presidency and eight years in the life of the United States of America.

With All My Love and Respect,

George Anastasios Magalios