A presidency of smiles or serious work?
Regarding Fred Hiatt's March 15 op-ed, "Obama's happiness deficit":
I am one of many citizens who voted for President Obama because we believed he was a serious thinker who would apply his abilities to the relentless and stress-filled tasks of the presidency. I, for one, am "grateful to him for taking on the burden," and I certainly don't need him to sing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" while he's doing it.
It was Abraham Lincoln, not a barrel of laughs during his demanding presidency, who said, "People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." I am constantly impressed that Mr. Obama can still keep up that winning smile and charming conviviality, despite the often oppressive dilemmas he was elected to address.
Kate McClintic, Washington
I enjoyed Fred Hiatt's March 15 column, and I believe he is on to something. But I can't believe he cited FDR and JFK for their "good cheer" and "jauntiness" without mentioning the most cheerful, jaunty one of them all: Ronald Wilson Reagan. No one brought more joyful enthusiasm to the White House than the Gipper.
Hank Cox, Takoma Park