Barack Obama 11/6/2012
To Marion Stein
I’m about to go speak to the crowd here in Chicago, but I wanted to thank you first.
I want you to know that this wasn’t fate, and it wasn’t an accident. You made this happen.
You organized yourselves block by block. You took ownership of this campaign five and ten dollars at a time. And when it wasn’t easy, you pressed forward.
I will spend the rest of my presidency honoring your support, and doing what I can to finish what we started.
But I want you to take real pride, as I do, in how we got the chance in the first place.
Today is the clearest proof yet that, against the odds, ordinary Americans can overcome powerful interests.
There’s a lot more work to do.
But for right now: Thank you.
Marion Stein 11/07/2012
To: Barack Obama
Thanks back at you. Putting my life on hold the past couple of months and spending my time knocking on doors in Reading PA for the campaign was my pleasure, really. Besides, not like I have an actual job waiting for me back home.
Have you been to Reading, by the way? Lots of old houses with rickety steps, and the sidewalks are kind of a mess, but the doctor says it’s just a sprain, so no worries.
I’m sorry we never got together for any of those dinner things. I kept clicking the button, but I never received the actual invitation, not even for coffee with Joe.
Anyway, please say hello to Michelle. Maybe we can all do lunch sometime when you’re in New York?
Marion Stein 11/15/2012
To: Barack Obama
Sorry I missed that conference call for your “strongest supporters.” I did get the e-mail from Jeremy, but there was a little problem with my cell, one of those crazy credit card mix-ups. I’ll send you the new number as soon as I get a one.
How’s Michelle? Haven’t heard from her lately. And the girls? I guess you’re swamped, not like before the election when sometimes you’d write twice the same day!
Speaking of which, there’s been some settling-in post-campaign adjustment here at home. (I’m sure you can relate.) But Craig and I are getting back to our old routine. We’re seeing the marriage counselor this afternoon. Thank goodness for his insurance plan and the affordable care act!
Marion Stein 12/24/2012
To: Barack Obama
Merry Christmas! Did you get my card?
Craig’s bigshot cousin sent us pictures live on twitter from the White House Holiday Party. I guess our invitation got lost with all the holiday junk mail. No worries! I heard from Michelle about joining millions of other Americans for activities on Inauguration Day, also something about a victory fund. Problem is those weeks I spent going door-to-door for you in Reading, not as much of a resume builder as you would think! I’d love to help, and I hate to disappoint because I know how much you depend on me and all, but things are just a little tight right now.
I’m keeping up my spirits. I just put out a new novella on Kindle, Schrodinger’s Telephone. It’s available exclusively on Amazon for 99 cents. I figure if I could sell a hundred copies this month, it would be enough for the co-pay and I could see a doctor about that rash and the limp I’ve had since Reading. Like your friend Jim Messina always says, every dollar counts, right?
That reminds me, seeing as how I’ve been such a great supporter and all, would you mind liking my book on Amazon? There’s also a Facebook page. It would just take a few seconds, and it would really help me out!
About that fiscal cliff message Jim sent out, my representative is Charlie Rangel, so I think you got that one locked up. Besides, no point in giving him a call, his hearing is going. Guy’s like 90 or something. Anyhow, I don’t think he’s been the same since that censure vote.
All the best,
Marion Stein 1/9/2013
To: Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
Hey Barack and Michelle,
Happy Belated New Year!
How’s it going? Congratulations on the fiscal cliff aversion. I don’t feel you sold out despite what anyone on the West Harlem Obama for America Dashboard has to say. Next stop automatic weapons ban, amirite? Regarding the day of service commitment Michelle emailed about, funny thing happened. Last week, I had an actual job interview! First one in months. I get to the subway station and realized I left my wallet home. I didn’t want to be late, so I decided to jump the turnstile. Long story short, I never made it to the interview, but I already have community service covered on MLK Jr day!
Hey Bar, did you get a chance to like my book page yet? Also, nothing says thank you for your support like a four or five star review on Amazon, and Mich this one is family friendly. Just put it on your Amazon wish list where your friends can see. I’m running a little contest, and I’ll be giving free copies to the first ten people to do that; plus there’s a drawing for coffee with the author.
Best to you and the girls and good luck on January 21st!
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