Tenn. Man's Email Mentioned During President's News Conference
by Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Brentwood man sent a letter to the White House seeking bi-partisanship unity after the election and his words caught the eye of President Barack Obama.
Steve Wise wrote the letter a few days after the November 6th election because he had heard enough of the back and forth between Republicans and Democrats.
"The man has been elected, maybe not all of us voted for him, and I said I did not vote for him in the election. But he is the President, he's got a job to do and I support him in getting it done," Wise said.
Wise hoped the words he sent to Washington, D.C. would at least be seen by a set of eyes in the White House.
"My hope was that someone would get it and do something with it, at least in the spirit of what I wrote," according to Wise.
A White House staff member did see the email and when speech writers were looking for material to use in the President's speech that staff member mentioned what Wise had written.
White House staff contacted Wise to ask his permission to use portions of his email in the speech. He agreed to the request and Wednesday Wise's words of unity were mentioned by President Obama.
"That was the message of a letter I received over the weekend. It came from a man in Tennessee who began by writing he didn't vote for me, which is ok," the President said.
Mr. Obama even went on to quote a portion of the email Wise sent to the White House as an example of how both sides of the political process need to come together for the betterment of the United States.
"It is a great thing. At least there is a process for getting your voice heard and I don't know who did it, but it worked," Wise said.
He just hopes people really hear what he had to say to the President.
"The goal here is to support what you got and try to help get things done," Wise said.
Wise lives in Brentwood and just started a healthcare information technology company.