A Jan. 15 letter in The Bee properly criticizes President Obama for his recent failure to provide a high-level representative to join with other world leaders in Paris.
But the writer then slips into the same old right-wing slam that the president “likes taking all those vacations.” As of a month ago, President Obama had taken only 161 vacation days, while during the same roughly six-year period, President George W. Bush had taken 405 days!
I understand the inner psychology of this and other “Obama is always wrong” letter writers: They’re “preaching to the (right wing) choir.”
But when writers dilute fair criticism with unfair criticism, they damage the credibility of their letters to centrist voters — those voters who generally determine the outcome of an election. Could these “Obama is always wrong” writers ever concede the possibility that the absolutist, one-sidedness of their letters actually helped re-elect our president?
Henry D. Friedman