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January 23, 2010


Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ellie Light sure gets around.

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical "Letters to the Editor" in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers. Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper's circulation area.

President Barack Obama has both detractors and fans. A curious number of his fans are named Ellie Light. "It's time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can't just wave a magic wand and fix everything," said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

Variations of Light's letter ran in Ohio's Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico's Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina's The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

Light – who e-mailed an identical missive to this reporter on Jan. 16 without listing a hometown – would not answer e-mailed questions about the address discrepancies in newspapers that ran her letter, or her identity, although she did say she wasn't a former co-worker of this reporter's who had a similar name.

"I do not write as a representative of any organization," she said in an e-mail. "The letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn't make all of Bush's errors disappear in one day."


Anonymous ignorance is bliss said...

Hopefully, Ellie Light will lose her job, her house, her pension, her health insurance, and witness her loved ones endure the same losses while being forced to listen to the View, Oprah, and Katie Couric extol the virtues of Barack Obama, but I doubt it since she's obviously smoking his cigar.

January 23, 2010 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does a person named 'Ellie Light' really exist, or is this just the pen name of an Obama political op?

January 24, 2010 6:11 AM  
Anonymous E.L. said...

For 8 years the previous occupant of the White House manipulated the public debate with phony letters to editors, among other tricks. Barack Obama has only been president for one year. You can't expect him to just wave a magic wand and stop this phony PR coming from the White House overnight.

January 24, 2010 6:23 AM  
Anonymous robbie said...

"Ellie Light" is not some paid Obama operative. S\He's just a yellow-dog partisan doing what s/he can to prop up her leader. This is the same sort of thing we saw in Bush's term from the other side. It just proves that hard partisanship goes both ways, and that, for many people, it's party over whatever is best for the country.

January 24, 2010 10:37 AM  

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