Dear Mr. President
In an oped in today’s Financial Times, Edward Mortimer mentions the Salzburg Global Seminar taking place next week with the FT. Mortimer is a SVP with the Salzburg seminar and was the FT’s foreign affairs editor. The meeting will include DC insiders, think tank types and influencers who are knowledgeable about the workings of U.S. policy and administration, FT analysts, and worldwide policymakers. Mortimer says that the idea behind the seminar is “to distil a message from the world” that can be taken to the brave new administration. And, in this new perfect world of cross-collaboration, the hope is that non-Americans at the seminar will take home a “message for the world”to their publics and governments. Just the notion of inter-continental messages sweeping the globe warms the heart after years of DC-communicationlessness (a new word).
The “message from the world” reminds me of a postcard I picked up after 9-11. I have it hanging on my office wall. The front simply says, “Dear Mr. President.” The postcard sender has to fill in what he or she wants to tell the president. Perhaps president-elect Obama will start a blog. What a cool idea.