I'm Tired

Opinion piece by Bill Cosby details political and social issues he's tired of?

Claim:   Opinion piece by Bill Cosby details political and social issues he’s tired of.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2011]

“I’m 83 and I’m Tired” — by Bill Cosby

I’m 83. Except for brief period in the 50’s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven’t called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes.” Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I’m willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the leftwing Congresscritters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them — with their own money.

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Origins:   The above-referenced opinion piece detailing political and social

issues the author is “tired of” hearing about was penned by Robert A. Hall, a former Massachusetts state senator and U.S. Marine Corps veteran who is also the author of the 2005 book The Good Bits (The Marines, the Massachusetts Senate and Managing Associations).
Robert Hall blogs as The Old Jarhead at tartanmarine.blogspot.com, and the piece quoted here, titled “I’m Tired,” was his blog entry for

19 February 2009.

Since August 2011 this opinion piece has been widely circulated on the Internet in a version that presents it as the work of comedian Bill Cosby. Dr. Cosby (who is actually 75 years old) had nothing to do with writing it, and his own site features a
denial of any association with it:

There’s an email floating around — entitled “I’m 76 and tired” — purportedly sent by me. I did not write the email, I did not send the email, I’m not 76, and I don’t subscribe to the ugly views expressed in the email. We are coming up to an important anniversary on Sunday [the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks], which is a day when we should all come together. Whoever wrote this email is not thinking about our country, or what is important. If you get the email, it’s time to hit DELETE.

Some readers who have viewed a correctly attributed version of this item have nonetheless confused its real author, Robert A. Hall (the former Massachusetts state senator) with Robert David Hall (the actor who plays coroner Dr. Al Robbins on the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation). Though their names are similar, they’re very different people. Compounding the problem, one version of the e-mail displayed within it a photograph of the actor, thereby erroneously leading recipients to believe the man pictured was the piece’s author.

In form, this item echoes another “I’m Tired” piece written in 2005 by Lt. Col. Joe Repya, who like Robert Hall is also a political candidate and veteran.

Last updated:   26 April 2013


    Hollrah, Paul.   “The Fall of Barack Obama.”

    Red County.   2 February 2010.

    Zuckerman, Mortimer.   “The Incredible Deflation of Barack Obama.”

    U.S. News & World Report.   21 January 2010.

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Lt. Col. Joe Repya penned an 'I'm tired' message about the situation in Iraq.

Claim:   Lt. Col. Joe Repya penned an “I’m tired” message expressing disappointment with public support for the U.S. military mission in Iraq.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, November 2005]

“I’m Tired”

Two weeks ago, as I was starting my sixth month of duty in Iraq, I was forced to return to the USA for surgery for an injury I sustained prior to my deployment. With luck, I’ll return to Iraq to finish my tour. I left Baghdad and a war that has every indication that we are winning, to return to a demoralized country much like the one I returned to in 1971 after my tour in Vietnam. Maybe it’s because I’ll turn 60 years old in just four months, but I’m tired:

I’m tired of spineless politicians, both Democrat and Republican who lack the courage, fortitude, and character to see these difficult tasks through.

I’m tired of the hypocrisy of politicians who want to rewrite history when the going gets tough.

I’m tired of the disingenuous clamor from those that claim they ‘Support the Troops’ by wanting them to ‘Cut and Run’ before victory is achieved.

I’m tired of a mainstream media that can only focus on car bombs and casualty reports because they are too afraid to leave the safety of their hotels to report on the courage and success our brave men and women are having on the battlefield.

I’m tired that so many Americans think you can rebuild a dictatorship into a democracy over night.

I’m tired that so many ignore the bravery of the Iraqi people to go to the voting booth and freely elect a Constitution and soon a permanent Parliament.

I’m tired of the so called ‘Elite Left’ that prolongs this war by giving aid and comfort to our enemy, just as they did during the Vietnam War.

I’m tired of antiwar protesters showing up at the funerals of our fallen soldiers. A family who’s loved ones gave their life in a just and noble cause, only to be cruelly tormented on the funeral day by cowardly
protesters is beyond shameful.

I’m tired that my generation, the Baby Boom-Vietnam generation, have such a weak backbone that they can’t stomach seeing the difficult tasks through to victory.

I’m tired that some are more concerned about the treatment of captives than they are the slaughter and beheading of our citizens and allies. I’m tired that when we find mass graves it is seldom reported by the
press, but mistreat a prisoner and it is front page news.

Mostly, I’m tired that the people of this great nation didn’t learn from history that there is no substitute for Victory.


Joe Repya,
Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army
101st Airborne Division


Origins:   Joe

Repya, originally of Gary, Indiana, served as a lieutenant in charge of an infantry rifle platoon in Vietnam in 1970-71 and later became a

helicopter pilot. Although he left active duty with the military in 1979 to pursue a civilian career, he continued to serve with National Guard units and re-entered active duty in 1990 to fly combat missions in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq with the 1st Infantry Division during the Gulf War.

His military career didn’t end there, however: In 2004, at the age of 58, Lt. Col. Repya once again came out of retirement and returned to active duty with the Army, serving as a senior liaison officer with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq for six months before retiring again in November 2005. He wrote the “I’m tired” message reproduced above, expressing his disappointment with public support for the U.S. military mission in Iraq, just after returning to the U.S. from Iraq that year.

The resurgent circulation of the “I’m Tired” message on the Internet in April 2007 was likely spurred by the fact that Repya, who now lives in Eagan, Minnesota, and has played an active role in Minnesota politics for the last decade, announced on 10 April 2007 that he would challenge incumbent Ron Carey for election as chairman of the Republican Party of Minnesota. (Repya was unsuccessful in that challenge, but in January 2010 he announced his intention to seek the endorsement of the Independence Party as a candidate in the Minnesota gubernatorial race.)

Last updated:   31 March 2010


    deFiebre, Conrad.   “Repya Seeks Leadership of Minnesota Republicans.”

    [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.   11 April 2007   (p. B5).

    Furst, Randy.   “Those For and Against War in Iraq Agree on One Point.”

    [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.   23 December 2006   (p. B3).

    Vonsternberg, Bob.   “Joe Repya Goes IP in Race for Governor.”

    [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.   20 January 2010.

    Associated Press.   “Army Recalls 58-Year-old Retired Officer from Eagan.”

    [Minneapolis] Star Tribune.   24 September 2004.

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