All I want from Santa is to be safe…

Santa letter 4Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, New Hampshire commented that recently a 13 year old black kid from Chicago wrote Santa telling him that all he wanted for Christmas is “to be safe”. Not clear about the kid’s meaning.  Safe from whomSanta letter 8?  Other kids?  His parents?  Bullies?  Or, more likely, cops?  Obama was referred the question (ahem, right, ‘referred’) and he answered him with a well-publicized message that his safety was of ‘constant’ concern to him.  The answer a real leader, particularly a black presidential leader, should have given this kid is as follows:

“My son, first of all, what are you doing writing Santa at age 13?  A little old?  Are you sure my liberal colleagues did not put you up to this?

Second, I am not quite sure why you feel unsafe.  But given the fact that you reside in the inner city, are black like me, and various actions of the police have been called into question by the media lately, I will assume you mean safety from the police.  There is a fail-safe approach to the police that will guarantee your security when dealing with them, so listen to me carefully.

If any kid (white, black, brown, yellow or purple) wishes to remain safe when confronted by an officer, whether for J walking, selling black market cigarettes, smoking a cigar or a joint, or simply looking suspicious, show him respect by not being confrontational.  If an officer asks a question, answer it accurately, fully and politely.  Surliness is contraindicated.  Keep your hands away Santa letter 2from your pockets.  You live in a neighborhood where firearms are everywhere.  Do not approach this officer unless directed, do not turn and run.  If you have done something wrong, that’s pretty much your problem to fess up.  The police serve us all by ensuring that the public and public systems are safe.  Everyone needs to help the police in this vital and often overwhelming and dangerous task.”

Well yes, this response is wordy, but with all the President’s speech writers, I am sure it could be made pithier.  But doesn’t this answer drive to the essence of what this kid was getting at?  And wasn’t the kid implying police were out to harm him by their nature (prejudice, racism, etc.)?  Shouldn’t the President have taken this opportunity to defuse and disabuse this kid?  But, no, like his failed presidency, Obama chooses to fail his race.  Merry Christmas kid!


About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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