Want to talk to the president?
Got a few thoughts for the next president?
Sheryl Oring would love to meet you.
The New York-based performance artist has been touring the country since February, wearing retro clothes and carting a vintage typewriter. She asks people to dictate what they'd like to say to the future commander in chief and types it up on postcards. For the second straight day Tuesday, Oring will be looking to hear from New Yorkers at Bryant Park.
It's all for a project she's calling "I Wish to Say," and she plans on delivering all of the typewritten cards to the fresh president after his or her inauguration in January.
Oring's put some of the postcards up on iwishtosay.blogspot.com. There are a lot of heartfelt messages that push the future to bring home troops from Iraq and to fix the crumbling economy, but there are also a few that had to have made Oring smile a little.
Hillary fans might not take kindly to one message from a woman in San Jose, who tells the next president, "We need someone in the White House who can give a shout out to his wife We need a president who knows his priorities." (Check out tomorrow's amNewYork story on presidential spouses, by the way.)
A woman named Alexa begged the president to think of the Earth and to be kind, and also wanted to tell him or her that she "turns 50 this year, along with peace sign."
But my personal fave is probably the short missive from Chloe in San Francisco, who just wanted the president to know that she "likes doing ballet."
If you've got a few things to say to Barack/Hil/John, or you'd just like to pick Oring's brain, use your lunch break to visit her and that old typewriter at Bryant Park tomorrow. She'll be there from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.