Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Thank President Obama for his decision to reach out to Republican Congressional members to discuss immigration reform.
With the immigration issue needing vast overhaul, President Barack Obama did not leave any stone unturned in his quest to discover the best possible solution. He elected to reach out to several prominent GOP senators for their views on the immigration issue, despite the fact that their views would likely be in stark opposition to his own. In the past, the president has often elected to ramp up public pressure to gain support for his positions, but has now chosen to involve fellow Republication politicians. This shows that he is willing to consider any and all possible means in order to achieve the best possible solution for his country. For these actions he should be commended.
Senators Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain were the three Republicans that Obama reached out to specifically. Obama shared with them his plan to strengthen border security as well as help current illegal citizens attain citizenship. The senators noted that they appreciated Obama’s call.
A large part of Obama’s reasoning for not involving GOP Congress members in his discussions are that they do not want to be seen as working directly with the Democratic-aligned president. But Obama knows that passing the right legislation with help and input from all is the best way to go, and he is showing as much with his decision to involve GOP Congress members in his immigration conversations. Other politicians should follow his example.
Commend the president for his bipartisan efforts.
Dear President Obama,
You have successfully involved GOP Congress members in your discussions on immigration. While it may seem obvious to always want to consult and receive input from all parties before making an important decision, many political leaders do not follow that line of thinking. You, on the other hand, have elected to consider all perspectives and viewpoints before making a definitive stand on an important issue, and this is an act to be commended.
Other politicians would do well to continue this pattern of open communication with all others with a relevant and helpful viewpoint on important issues. Too often, pride and party politics and so many other factors distort those communication paths and prevent important perspectives from being heard. If other politicians follow your lead, this will happen far less often.
Thank you for opening up this path to others, and may the rest of your term be filled with innovative and intelligent ideas such as this.
[Your Name Here]
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