An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 23th, 2012
Michael Whelan – Vice Chairman
Tulsa County Democratic Party
Dear Mr. President,
On behalf of the Tulsa County Democratic Party, I want to thank you for coming to Oklahoma; we've missed you. It was wonderful to hear about your administration’s energy policy and its effect on the lives of Oklahomans. Here’s hoping you opened some eyes and cleared some of the wild misinformation that has been passed around our State. We want you to know that you have a tremendous base of ardent supporters in this state who wholeheartedly believe in you and your record of accomplishment in the face of bitterly partisan adversity. While we cannot promise you electoral votes, we CAN promise you our steadfast support and commitment to your re-election.
Mr. President, I want to apologize for the lack of respect you were shown by our Governor, Senators and statewide elected officials. For many Oklahomans, it was heartbreaking to see our leaders put petty politics over manners and common decency. Politics aside, it is an honor to have had a visit from the President of the United States. The office of the presidency is to be respected. To do otherwise is rude, not to mention unpatriotic. I assure you that most Oklahomans are taught from a young age that respect and hospitality are a part of the fabric of our great state. I hope that the warm faces in Cushing gave you a better taste of what it means to be an Oklahoman. True Oklahoma hospitality is far better than the welcome you received.
Our state is facing tough times. Our crisis is not as much economic as it is cultural. Our Republicans boast that we have become “the reddest state in the nation”. Over the past few years we have seen our legislature veer so far to the extreme right that many reasonable Oklahomans feel disillusioned, embarrassed and defeated. The Republican leadership in our legislature has put aside good government for bills that are engineered for nothing more than political gamesmanship. They would rather fight a fabricated war on Sharia Law than ensure that our children have a quality education. They work to convince our citizens that there are fetuses in their food in lieu of passing laws that could actually help working Oklahomans. In short, they would rather engrave the Ten Commandments on our state capitol than live by them. While they may not be serving the people of Oklahoma well, YOU certainly are.
Mr. President, thank you for your service to our country. Thank you for steadfastly leading our nation during one of the most difficult and uncertain times in American history. Most of all, thank you for your faith in the American people. We are so proud to support a President committed to moving our country forward. Over the coming year, we will be right there with you to help ensure that you are able continue your service and finish what we started.
Tulsa County Democratic Party