Well, it’s good to have a hobby …
posted at 3:13 pm on January 19, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
… but this one qualifies as Stalkerville. And what’s worse, as Poor Richard’s News points out, is that this compulsive presidential pen pal isn’t just some obsessed creep with nothing better to do … he’s a reporter for CNN. Tom Foreman wrote a letter to Barack Obama every day he has been President, posting them to CNN’s website, and will only swear off doing so after his inauguration for a second term:
Inauguration Day will signal the culmination of an effort I launched on January 20, 2009, to write a letter to the White House every single day of Barack Obama’s first term.
And I do mean every day. Weekends, holidays, when he was on vacation, and when I was on vacation. I wrote in my office, at home, in moving airplanes, cars, trains and even while running through the woods. I wrote early in the morning, in the middle of the day and late at night.
I wrote about things that were important, like unemployment, Afghanistan and women’s rights. I also wrote about things that were trivial, like sports, favorite foods and my yearly battle with Christmas lights.
The tally: 1,460 letters, well over a half-million words, or enough to fill about seven novels. Laid out as one line of text, these letters would stretch almost 3½ miles or considerably longer than the inaugural parade route.
I did not intend to get in this deep.
This part seemed rather … odd:
I don’t know if he ever read a single line. All I know is that in almost every missive, I invited the president to give me a call. He never did. And I don’t blame him.
PRN wonders what CNN management thinks of this strange hobby:
CNN should be embarrassed that they’ve kept this guy in their employment for the past four years. To allow someone with what appears to be a quite unhealthy obsession with President Obama to work as a “journalist” is unconscionable. Then again, it seems most of the media has an unhealthy obsession with Obama. Unlike Tom Foreman, however, they’re just not willing to admit it publicly.
I wonder what the Secret Service thought of Foreman’s daily, unrequited correspondence.