I received an email the other day from Barack. The subject line read, “FLOTUS” – which caused me to say, “What the hell is that?” I am, after all, in a field that is fairly acronym savvy so I consider myself to be quite sharp as it applies to de-acronyming things, but FLOTUS??!! WTF?
Now, before you start an email asking me why Barack is emailing me – a little nobody in North Dakota – or start detailing how you always thought I had to be a tree-hugging, liberal sympathizer, let me assure you that I get emails from all kinds of men and women in politics from both sides of the aisle. I have opinions and I write letters to folks about those opinions and the next thing you know I have a political penpal for life. Hurray – more email for me.
But I digress, I was addressing Barack’s email specifically. Which, while I am thinking of it, I should share that every time I get an email from Barack I get such joy from telling Cheyenne, “Oh geez, the President emailed me again.” At first she didn’t believe me, but then I started showing her the emails and explaining to her that me and Barack – well, we’re tight. She is mildly horrified by the whole email thing and not quite sure whether I am teasing her, whether it is genuine or whether I am delusional. She doesn’t have the slightest clue that once on a politician’s email list you are privvy to all kinds of “personal” communications from them. Something to take note of the next time you communicate electronically with any of your elected representatives.
But again I digressed, I wanted to share with you the de-acronymed version of FLOTUS. It stands for (per Barack) – First Lady of the United States. Apparently, Michelle Obama’s 48th birthday is this upcoming Tuesday and Barack is encouraging his friends (which ostensibly are also her friends) to sign her card. I like Michelle Obama – I think she is a very classy and dignified first lady. I do hope she has a nice birthday – she certainly has earned a day of eating cake with all the responsibilities that come with being the FLOTUS. Heaven knows, she deserves extra cake for enduring the acronym alone.
If you want to sign Michelle’s card go here, but note you’ll have to enter your email address to do so. And you know what that means, before you know it Barack will be emailing you as well. If he does, do me a favor and be sure to tell your kids.
Day nine hundred and twenty-four of the new forty – obla di obla da