By Mário Soares
President of the United States of America
I allow myself to write you this open letter, although you don’t know me. I am a Portuguese democrat, former lawyer, an early fighter against Salazar’s dictatorship. After the Carnation Revolution, I was for many years leader of the Socialist Party, Prime Minister of several governments and, later on, elected President of the Republic for two terms.
I am your faithful admirer, since before your first election. I have read your books (in Spanish and French translation because, unfortunately, I am not fluent in English). I have written much about you and I consider you one of the world’s greatest statesmen, worthy of a Roosevelt, a Churchill, a Willy Brandt, a François Mitterrand, as well as, for your humanitarian and moral stature, of a Nelson Mandela.
I am writing to you because I think that if you lose your re-election it would be a real misfortune for America, for Europe and for the World. Now, let me tell you that you must do everything – but everything – to win the next election. If your Republican opponents returned to power, the results would be far worse than Bush’s second term. It cannot happen. This is not a simple election, it is about the future of the West and of the World.
I apologise for taking your time to read this letter, which is deeply heartfelt. You must give your utmost to win. It’s the future of mankind – not just America – what is at stake.
Please accept the respectful regards of your admirer