Letter to President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States

Dear President Obama:

Our nation remains polarized on many important issues. As you prepare for a second term in office and put forth your priorities for the next four years, my hope for the country is unity on two key issues—improving our environment and investing in education.

My hope is that whatever accomplishments you achieve over this time, your legacy will be one of unity, investment and challenge.

Because we live in an extremely diverse country, with many backgrounds, beliefs, cultures and economic levels, it is important as the leader of our nation to instill a lasting sense of unity.

How can you help to bring the country together?

Build a future that people can collectively aspire to. Let us work vigorously to deliver a better world to our children, starting with a strong infrastructure and a clean energy policy that focuses on responsible resource development and high environmental standards.

Invest in our future through education—especially in (STEM) science, technology, engineering and math, as well as through job training and economic development. This will drive growth, create jobs and contribute to building stronger communities and greater civic unity. It will foster a culture of skilled and knowledgeable people that are working together for a greater cause—that America is a nation of great opportunity.

More than fifty years ago, President Kennedy challenged our nation to put a man on the moon, and that dare became a reality. Similarly, encourage the nation to embrace the belief that, while our challenges are large and complex, our cultural wealth and spirit of innovation uniquely positions us to achieve great solutions. In this way, through our cultural diversity, and diversity of ideas, we will find a common thread to pull the nation together.
America will rise to the challenge. And through that, the nation will find ways to enhance society, here and abroad.
Thank you for your leadership, Mr. President. We look forward to joining you as we embrace new challenges and opportunities over the next four years.

Tom King

Executive Director and President, National Grid USA