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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

A Letter From the White House

Today I received a letter from the White House. I have to admit, I found this to be a bit of a head-scratcher. The letter started like this:

"Dear Mr. Toddler:

"Thank you for sharing your views on the crisis in Sudan. The President appreciates your taking the time to write about this important issue..."

It then goes on to outline the Administration's approach to the Darfur genocide (which, admittedly, doesn't amount to much).

After reading the letter, I stared at it for a while. And tried to remember exactly when it was that I wrote to the White House about Darfur. Because I don't write to the White House that often. In fact, I never send written letters at all. If anything, I may have emailed something. I recall reading on the J-Blogosphere about a Jewish response to Darfur, so maybe I filled out an online form letter somewhere? But no, that wouldn't be it, because the response from the White House came to my office, the address of which is in my email signature.

Not taking anything for granted (my memory just isn't what it used to be), I went to my "Sent Items" box and searched for "whitehouse." This is what I found:

"I want to thank the President for his steadfast support of Israel in its fight against Hezbollah and Hamas terrorists. Israel’s fight against Islamofascism is the US’s fight as well, and we need them to win this battle or we are next!"

Puzzling, to say the least.

15 comments:

Chaim said...

that is very weird.

Doctor Bean said...

Dear Psychotoddler,

Thank you for your hillarious post about the mating habits of rabid weasels. Ha! The part when you name one of them "Fred" made me spray mango juice all over my monitor. LOL!

Soccer Dad said...

I once sent a critical letter to the Pres. Clinton about how he had put pressure on Israel and not on Arafat. I received a letter back discussing how it was necessary to support the moderates and undermine the extremists. It was clear that no one read my letter too carefully as I was asking why Arafat was being treated as a moderate.
My best guess is that the White House mailroom and/or e-mailroom are/is staffed by monkeys who put incoming messages into different inboxes each of which has its own prefabricated response. Sometimes the monkeys don't read so well and you get a real disconnect.

Soccer Dad said...

I once sent a critical letter to the Pres. Clinton about how he had put pressure on Israel and not on Arafat. I received a letter back discussing how it was necessary to support the moderates and undermine the extremists. It was clear that no one read my letter too carefully as I was asking why Arafat was being treated as a moderate.
My best guess is that the White House mailroom and/or e-mailroom are/is staffed by monkeys who put incoming messages into different inboxes each of which has its own prefabricated response. Sometimes the monkeys don't read so well and you get a real disconnect.

Jack's Shack said...

That is the way to handle every disagreement. Just ignore, deny and deflect.

outofAMMO said...

I wish I had a letter from the whitehouse.

Irina Tsukerman said...

This can only mean one thing: THOUGHT POLICE EXISTS!!!

Anonymous said...

Many, many years ago, I received a 3-page letter from Hodding Carter II, who was then Assistant Secretary of State. It was in response to a letter I had sent The White House about the situation of Jews in Iran. I saved Hodding Carter's letter -- still have it somewhere -- it was very intelligent and actually spoke directly to what I had written. (I don't presume that the letter was unique -- he probably had it sent to all inquiries about Iranian Jewry, but it was still a thoughtful response.)

PsychoToddler said...

chaim: It's either weird, or I really did write to them about Darfur and can't remember. It's possible. Right now, I can't remember what I had for breakfast. Or if I'm wearing underwear.

Doctor Bean: I'm sorry to inform you that your order for "1001 things to do with boogers" is currently on back order. It will be shipped, free of charge, as soon as it arrives.

Soccer Dad: Aside from not addressing the subject of my email in any way, it is very clearly a form letter.

Soccer Dad: Aside from not addressing the subject of my email in any way, it is very clearly a form letter.

Jack Shack: No it isn't.

OOA: Really? I could give you this one. Or you could write one TO the white house. Just nothing that will get me arrested.

Irina: Speaking of getting arrested...I better run and hide...

Miriam: Things are different these days on many levels. Not to excuse this sort of thing, but I imagine that the volume of correspondance coming into the white house in the 21st century is several orders of magnitude higher than it was during the 70's.

Rachel said...

Maybe this letter is from the same people who rig the voting machines! (You didn't say what they wrote, but they think you MEANT to support the efforts...isn't that the case?)

Bagel Blogger said...

if only they could send the letters in a continous roll and perforated.

Aaron

Anonymous said...

I don't fully understand what you Americans think Israel is. What the mass media tell you about it?. It must be quit diferent from what I see in the TV news daily. Most of we europeans see Israel as a country leaded be dangerous radicals whose main aim is to aniquilate another country using any legal or ilegal method in order to recover a piece of land they loose 2,000 (!!!!!) years ago . This is nonsense, specially when their way to achieve it is using tanks to kill children armed with sticks and stones (haven't your tv showed it a thousand times?).
I'm not trying to justify the Palestinian acts of course but I believe it's a mistake to think that one country is the good one and the other is the bad one. In any case it's obvious that if I have to choose bw to defend a country who wants to expand its fronteirs (just like Germany in the 40s, haven't jews learn nothing from that time?!, shame on them!) and a country whose inhabitants have to fight daily for their food, education and freedom I have no doubt with whom I symphatize.
Peace on Earth and beyond to any person of good will and best heart (muslin, jew or just atheist, Nevemind!)

PsychoToddler said...

Anonymous, I don't even know where to begin to respond to your comment. It sounds like you have been fed a lot of propaganda and misinformation about who is trying to opress whom in the Middle East, and it would take more than a comment on this post to correct that.

But you seem like a good person who is genuinely interested in peace instead of inspired by ant-Semitism, so I'll see if I can point you to a web resource that can explain it to you.

Sweettooth120 said...

Puzzling? No, not at all.

You should be honored. Unlike most Americans, who receive letters from the White House, this letter ACTUALLY did come from President Bush himself!

What great material for Letterman.

Tzipster91 said...

What da Heeckk???
As my three-year-old brother would say.