From time to time I receive unsolicited e-mails on political matters typically involving an anti-Obama message. I like Obama so they make me mad. Most recently Cousin Bob forwarded such a scribbling from a job creator who because of Obama’s taxes and regulation was going to have to layoff employees. This genius was proposing to layoff the employees who had Obama bumper stickers on their cars.Hee! Haw! 

Now Cousin Bob and I have never discussed politics. The last time I saw him was at a reunion back around the turn of the century. I have received a few prior communications regarding religious gibberish which I deleted unread.                       

But this communication was sent to me and a  few of my family members and 30 strangers. Now I could care less what a bunch of Kentucky Tea Partyers think. But it seems clear that Cousin Bob thinks I’m one of them, and I don’t want my family members to harbor any such thoughts.  That gnaws at me. So the likely best course–delete without response– is out.          

I could respond to Bob that I would appreciate being deleted from furure e-mails, but I don’t want to sound like a scold or an effete. So responded with a kind of mock MBA like analysis pointing out the likelihood that firing only Obama supporters was not in the best interests of the company, e.g. ” Obama supporters tend to be younger and better educated. Laying them off makes the workforce dumber, and increases medical costs and premiums.”  I then sent my somewhat detailed response to “All”.                                                

Cousin Bob wrote a one line thanking me .  The only other person to respond was Donna who advised me to chill out because the letter was a joke. Right.  I guess I don’t think anti-Obama jokes are that funny. Otherwise, crickets chirping.   Hopefully I will have just slightly enriched the lives of these folks. The Kentucky State Fair’s Midway used to feature two-headed cows and  The Rubber Man.  I wonder if I could find work this summer as “Obama Supporter”                                                           

But I’m guessing and hoping that this will be the last I hear from Bob. If so, as George famously said : ” Mission accomplished.” 

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John Hubbuch

John is an Indiana native who moved to Oak Park in 1976. He served on the District 97 school board, coached youth sports and, more recently, retired from the law. That left him time to become a Wednesday...