09 November 2008

Dear Mr. Bok:

You recently published a cartoon wherein a young black man announces to his parents that he has decided that aspiring to the NBA is unrealistic. His parents appear happy, but then their faces fall when he informs them that he is instead aspiring to be President. Presumably they are unhappy he is still being unrealistic.

My question to you is fairly simple: do you really think it would be a bad thing for the young people of America to aspire to be Presidents of the United States? Obviously they won't all succeed, but in what sense are scholastic excellence, military service, community leadership, and the other traits for which we search in our Presidents ever going to be a bad thing for our youth?

I suspect you haven't really thought this through.

Alexander of Tampa, Florida

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