#107 Attention to Work

On November 11, 2016

Hello Everyone,

In the wake of the stunning election results and in light of how wrong I was in predicting its outcome, I’m not sure that you want to hear from me anymore. If you don’t, just press “reply” and say “enough,” and I’ll understand.

For those who choose to remain, I’m preparing a regular-length commentary. But, I am on my way to Amherst for some meetings, so it won’t go out until next week.

In the interim, I wanted to share a quick thought from a special friend that captures my current state of mind better than I could on my own.

Soon after we heard the startling outcome of this election, I emailed Valerie Jarrett to see how she was doing. As some of you know, she is a long-time friend and confidant of President Obama who has been with him in the White House for his entire term. She carries the lofty title of Senior Advisor and Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Engagement. Her daughter graduated from Amherst in ’07.

In this picture, Valerie is the woman leaning on the column with her arms crossed. It captures the glum mood of the White House staff in the Rose Garden as President Obama was speaking about the election, as published in the Huffington Post.  PHOTO: doc1

As usual, Valerie’s response to my email was quick and incisive, “We will grieve for a moment, but then get back to work from the most important office of all: Citizen.”

That’s good advice for all of us. So, let’s get back to work as Citizens, keeping our country strong.

Please, as always, pass it on.  And, remember that previous Obamagrams are stored on www.obamagrams.com



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