Well, here I am again. It's been nearly four years since I last wrote to you, Mr. President.
I guess we've all been too busy to really stay in touch. But that's not to say I haven't been thinking of you, our country and the future.
For months I have listened to some of the most depressing campaign muck from your camp and your challenger's, Mitt Romney. I didn't know grown men could stoop so low. After all neither of you are kids anymore and the bar has been set pretty low.
This trend of taking nonsensical pot shots at one another casts the spotlight on issues other than what's really important to us voters. Well, this voter has seen through all the malarkey and can't wait for it to end.
While there are dozens of polls being thrust upon us, I believe there are still many confused and undecided voters. An elderly woman called the other day and ranted about the election and how ugly the campaigns are. Near tears, she explained how she doesn't think she can vote for you, Mr. Obama, nor Mr. Romney. She, however, said she was saddened by the lack of respect the office of the president has received in various corners of the country.
There are still many U.S. citizens who were taught to respect the presidency but are feeling lost. I certainly have not been ecstatic over the things that have occurred during your years in the White House, but I admire your courage for having assumed the role.
If it's not too late, I would hope that you and Mr. Romney would close your mouths and open your ears. There can be much wisdom gained from listening, not speaking. Maybe then you would know that we don't give a hoot about your birth certificate or whether Mr. Romney buys his jeans from Ralph Lauren or Kmart.
We do care that too many of our military are far from home and not getting the help they need when and if they come back to us. We worry whether our children will be able to pay off their college debts or even have decent jobs when they pack up their dorm rooms.
Senior citizens are fearful at the very mention of anything that affects programs ending in the word "care" - from Obamacare to Medicare. They've worked longer and harder than expected and do not want to be disappointed in their golden years.
We have listened to way too much rhetoric about how you and Mr. Romney care about jobs. But for the life of me I haven't heard a full sentence explaining how those jobs will magically appear on Nov. 7.
You both have a way with words, some I suspect you would like to take back. The tone of this election has been anything but melodious and it has spilled over to every level of political office.
No more mud-slinging. There are four days left. Make them count, gentlemen.
Heather Ziegler can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.