Dear Mr. President,
Congratulations on your new job.
I just have a few questions for you. First, what’s the deal with all of the parties on Tuesday? I have no way of measuring it, but they probably reduced the turnout for my 60th birthday party that evening.
For the record, I planned my party years before you planned yours. You can check the records at the bowling alley my friends rented for the private bowling “ball”. Also, I should make it very clear that you don’t own January 20th. I’ve been celebrating it since before you were born. Harry S. Truman was the first fellow to throw parties on my birthday. You weren’t even born yet, so you have no claim to it.
I was thinking that it was just a coincidence that you’d want to celebrate on my birthday — that is until I saw what you did yesterday. Now I believe that you’re trying to steal my thunder. What nerve.
I have a record of how many people visit the Hawaii Sunshine Chronicles blog, but I don’t know who, specifically, is visiting the site. I suspect, however, that you’ve been here and you’ve been taking notes.
How else do you explain the presidential orders you announced yesterday? Is it just coincidence that you’re calling for openness and sunshine with regard to the executive branch of United States government? Just days after I suggest that officials in your birthplace adjust their attitudes and opt for openness, you try to eclipse my rantings by demanding the very same thing on a national level?
The next thing you know, our Governor will be scrambling to keep her campaign promises by enforcing both the spirit and the letter of Hawaii’s open records laws and policies. And then, Mr. President, she’ll tell everyone that it was you who inspired her.
Just remember that I’m on the record. I called for these actions before you officially took your new job. You may be able to fool some people, but the readers of Hawaii Sunshine Chronicles already know who’s been carrying the torch for transparency, sunshine and openness.
I’m going to be watching you, Mr. President. I have no problem with you looking to Hawaii Sunshine Chronicles for innovative ideas, but you could give me credit at least.
I wish you the best of luck in your new job.