Bob is off today for 2 1/2 weeks to India, with three high school mates. As fate would have it, the President of Our United States will also be in India at the same time as Bob and company. Thus Bob was inclined to mail this letter to the White House before his departure, because why not? (As of this writing, Mr. Obama has not yet replied, but I’ll keep you updated.)
January 5, 2015
To: President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Regarding: India visit
Dear Mr. President,
It has come to my attention that you and I (along with three of my oldest and dearest friends) will be in India later this month.
My traveling companions, Mr. David Wertzberger, Mr. Erik Kuefner and Mr. Douglas Wendt, and I (hereafter referred to as “Team Phun!”) were all delighted to hear that you accepted the invitation of Prime Minister Modi to attend the 2015 Republic Day celebration in the world’s most populous democracy as Chief Guest.
The odds are astronomical that our paths would cross at such a distant and exotic locale. And when one is so very far away from home, a familiar face is always a welcome sight. As such Team Phun! extends to you the invitation and opportunity to take a break from dignitaries, official events, and what I am certain is stifling protocol, to join us on our travels.
Team Phun! has arranged a mini van and driver through Mr. Ashok at www.i-love-my-india.co.in. His reviews on Tripadvisor are stellar. He’ll be driving us for about 15 days throughout Rajasthan and we have plenty of room. Of course, the invitation extends to the First Lady should she be with you. While it is a boy’s trip, we can certainly “clean it up” in her presence.
Mr. President, we know you’ll be busy. Heck, we’ll be busy too. But my guess is you’ll never be more than an hour’s helicopter ride from us. So whether it’s for a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days, you are encouraged to join us. Once you hop into the van you can loosen your tie and be assured that what happens in the van stays in the van. You’ll be free to relax, share some jokes, and let off some of the steam built up by being the leader of the free world.
I really think you would enjoy traveling with us. We have lots in common. Each of us is happily married to a delightful, smart and strong woman, each of us is a proud American, and each of us voted for you in 2008 and 2012. We all have kids. In fact, I have two daughters, Emily Kate and Sarah Margaret who are just a bit older than your Malia Ann and Natasha.
It is our intention to learn as much as we can about India’s rich history, culture and cuisine and, acting as ambassadors, to have a ready smile for everyone we meet. Upon our return we aim to share our experiences with friends, family and co-workers in the hopes of making our big world feel both a little bit smaller and a little bit friendlier. Team Phun! welcomes you along for the ride.
As an added bonus, your Chicago Bulls play our Golden State Warriors at about 9am India time on Wednesday January 28th. I’ll have my iPad and with wifi we can get it with my DishAnywhere account. We’ve been waiting nearly 40 years for a Warriors team like this and we intend to catch as much as possible of their run to the NBA Championship. We can watch it over breakfast. Go Dubs!
Here is my contact information and our itinerary. Let’s make it happen!
1/14 – Arrive Delhi
1/17 – To Agra
1/18 – Taj Majal
1/19 – Jaipur
1/20 – Pushkarand
1/21 – To Udaipur where Mr. Kuefner has relatives
1/23 – To Jodhpur via Ranakpur and Kumbalgarh
1/25 – To Jaislmer
1/27 – To Bikaner
1/28 – To Mandawa
1/29 – To Dehli and fly back home
Our itinerary is flexible. We may also try to fit in a camel safari in the Great Thar Desert. Though we may not have a working phone while in India we will have email access. You can reach me at the above phone number until our departure date.
Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
On behalf of Team Phun! and Sincerely,
Robert Harmon Bestor III