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Letter to President Obama From a Christian Jazz Musician

November 10, 2012 by  
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Dear President Obama,

Congratulations on your victory last night. It was hard-earned and I’m sure  you must be glad to have it behind you. I don’t know how you and others do it. I  have little stomach for how the campaign process has devolved into a  mean-spirited attack on people instead of policy. I cringed every time I watched  one of two seemingly good men – or their supporters – insulted on a personal  level. I debate policy all the time, and the freedom to do so is precious. But,  personal attacks like those levied against you, Mr. Romney  and regular people should have no place in our society.

I did not vote  for you. My personal political philosophy differs from yours and, so, I was  compelled to vote my conscience. But I accept that you are still and again my  President. As such, I am writing with a heartfelt request.

When you were elected into office in 2008 it was exciting. Again, while I  didn’t vote for you, it was still thrilling to watch our nation topple another  cultural barrier. I, too, got choked up at times. And it was clear that you had  a mandate from the people. Your win was pretty strong and it seemed that people  were overwhelmingly with you and your vision for America.

But as I write this, the prediction is that you’ll win the popular vote by  only two to three percentage points. That’s a marked difference from last time,  and it must be clear that that mandate is not as strong as last time. Many who  were with you in 2008 were not with you this time.

While it may not be exactly 50/50, it’s close to that. Half of this country – your people – are not aligned with your party’s views and are worried about  America’s direction. They are scared for their own lives now and the lives their  children will have, and for the future of America. I know you share those same  concerns.

My hope is that such a clear divide in our nation would cause you, in your  quieter moments, to do some serious soul searching. You promised to be a  President for ALL the people. Right now, it can be argued that you are only  president to half of the people. I’m sure you would want your legacy to be  greater than that.

I know you love America. I believe you love its people. I also know you love  both of your beautiful daughters, Sasha and Malia, equally. I believe you would  never be satisfied if only one of your daughters felt happy, heard, safe,  secure, included. Last night, half of America celebrated while half of America  wept. I know you would never celebrate one daughter’s happiness without making  effort to heal the other’s sadness. That is your America right now. Half of your  children are frightened for their future. I am asking you to love the American  people equally, like you do your daughters.

I would offer that, if there is to be a “mandate” this time, it isn’t so much  to transform America into your idea  (or one party’s idea) of what America should be as much as it is to heal the  divide. THAT’S the mandate – to heal the divide! I believe the only way to do  that is to come closer to the elusive middle on many issues. Become a champion  of compromise not out of partisan frustration but for the good of the nation.  How I long for a president who can do this.

As a committed Christian, I am instructed to pray for my leaders. However, I  will be praying for you not out of obligation, but because I truly hope for  God’s blessing and guidance for you these next four years. If God is with you, I  will not be against you.

I am pledging to you to pray for you, your leadership,  your administration and your family over the next four years. I will pray:

…for your health  and well-being, and for the health and well-being of your family.

…that you will be a leader  of compromise between opposing ideologies, paving the way for a more united  America, seeking to combine both Liberal and Conservative values, not seeking  only one above the other.

…that the Democrats would support you in a move toward moderation.

…that the Republicans would offer healthy opposing views but not seek only to  block every move, becoming partners in compromise for the good of the  Nation.

…that you will be successful  in protecting our nation both at home and abroad from those who would harm  us.

…that you would be successful in restoring America’s economy. I know you will  use taxes as part of the solution, but I pray you will also begin to claim  responsibility for the state of the economy and make real efforts to curb  spending – so many of us worry for our children’s financial  future.

…that you would seek to allow your faith to inform your actions.

…that you can truly fulfill your promise of being President to ALL  Americans.

I don’t envy you. America is divided and caustic like never before. Should  you seek to heal the divide, you have a tough road ahead. But what a legacy that  would leave!

May God bless you and your family,

Tony Guerrero (and family)


Tony Guerrero is an internationally recognized jazz  musician, composer, producer and author. He has worked in both the secular and  church music fields and is also the founder/director of the anti-human  trafficking organization FACT Alliance. On the Web:


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