Claim: Lou Pritchett penned an “open letter” to President Obama.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2009]
AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA
Dear President Obama:
You are the thirteenth President under whom I have lived and unlike any of the others, you truly scare me.
You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you.
You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no visible signs of support.
You scare me because you did not spend the formative years of youth growing up in America and culturally you are not an American.
You scare me because you have never run a company or met a payroll.
You scare me because you have never had military experience, thus don’t understand it at its core..
You scare me because you lack humility and ‘class’, always blaming others.
You scare me because for over half your life you have aligned yourself with radical extremists who hate America and you refuse to publicly denounce these radicals who wish to see America fail.
You scare me because you are a cheerleader for the ‘blame America’ crowd
and deliver this message abroad.
You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector.
You scare me because you want to replace our health care system with a government controlled one.
You scare me because you prefer ‘wind mills’ to responsibly capitalizing on our own vast oil, coal and shale reserves.
You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of living in the world.
You scare me because you have begun to use ‘extortion’ tactics against certain banks and corporations.
You scare me because your own political party shrinks from challenging you on your wild and irresponsible spending proposals.
You scare me because you will not openly listen to or even consider opposing points of view from intelligent people.
You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient.
You scare me because the media gives you a free pass on everything you do.
You scare me because you demonize and want to silence the Limbaughs, Hannitys, O’Relllys and Becks who offer opposing, conservative points of view.
You scare me because you prefer controlling over governing.
Finally, you scare me because if you serve a second term I will probably not feel safe in writing a similar letter in
Origins: Lou Pritchett is a former vice president of
Mr. Pritchett confirmed to us that he was indeed the author of the much-circulated “open letter” quoted above:
I did write the ‘you scare me’ letter. I sent it to the
In April 2012, the following update was added to the original:
FIRST– He has done more to damage America’s standing in the world, to SECOND– With a compliant Democrat congress, a lapdog media and a weak, THIRD– culturally, he remains totally out of touch with traditional FOURTH– he has surrounded himself with naive academicians, lawyers, FIFTH– he not only encourages but aids and abets the unionization of all SIXTH– he has increased the national debt by over 30% in just three SEVENTH– given his fanatical beholding to the ‘environmental’ and EIGHTH– He views the U.S. as a power in retreat which abused its World NINTH—and finally, after all his mis-steps, bad decision making, poor Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012
In April 2009, I sent President Obama and the New York Times a letter
titled “You Scare Me” because, as a candidate, he promised to
“fundamentally transform America.” Now, after observing his performance
for over three years, he no longer scares me — he terrifies me for the
lower the standard of living in America, to impoverish future generations
and to shake our faith in the country’s future than any other American
president in history.
almost nonexistent Republican opposition, he has shattered the American
dream of job security, home ownership and rugged individualism for
millions of Americans and has poisoned and divided our civil society with
his politics of envy, class warfare, race warfare, and religious warfare
which he is using as fundamental building blocks for his ‘socialist’
American values. This has absolutely nothing to do with race or where he
was born, rather it has everything to do with where, how and with whom he
was raised, schooled, educated, trained and associates with still today.
politicians, bureaucrats and socialist leaning czars who arrogantly think
and behave exactly as he does.
People who offer no balanced suggestions or devils advocate positions and
think in lock step with him that big government is the answer to all our
American industry, the albatross around the neck of the free market. In
turn, they provide the money and muscle to intimidate his opponents.
years. If re-elected and this rate of increase continues, America will be
burdened with an unsustainable 20 trillion dollar debt which will result
in the Country’s financial death. Recovery will be impossible —- America
will be the Greece of 2016.
‘man-caused global warming’ fringe, he has deliberately discouraged U.S.
fossil fuel exploration and production while wasting millions of tax payer
dollars on solar, wind and algae experiments. He refuses to accept that
oil, gas and coal are not America’s enemies, they are America’s assets
which, properly managed, could make us energy independent within a
dominance. Therefore he systematically apologizes round the world. Last
March he whispered to Russian President Medvedev “–this is my last
election. After my election, I have more flexibility”. Just what is the
secret that Obama and Putin are concealing from the American people until
after the election? With what other leaders has he made similar secret
management, and zero leadership, the fact that he has the audacity to seek
re-election should terrify every American.
I predict that if re-elected, future historians and political interpreters
will look back at the eight year period 2008-2016, and conclude “the 44th
President of the U.S. allowed the takers to overpower the payers which
resulted in the greatest economy in history vanishing from the face of the
Farewell America, the World will really miss you!
FIRST– He has done more to damage America’s standing in the world, to
SECOND– With a compliant Democrat congress, a lapdog media and a weak,
THIRD– culturally, he remains totally out of touch with traditional
FOURTH– he has surrounded himself with naive academicians, lawyers,
FIFTH– he not only encourages but aids and abets the unionization of all
SIXTH– he has increased the national debt by over 30% in just three
SEVENTH– given his fanatical beholding to the ‘environmental’ and
EIGHTH– He views the U.S. as a power in retreat which abused its World
NINTH—and finally, after all his mis-steps, bad decision making, poor
Lou Pritchett April 15, 2012
Last updated: 12 May 2012
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