Kathy Hayes has spent more than 15 years working in business-to-business publishing and has been featured in the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer for her activism and letters to the White House. In addition to her presidential correspondence, she frequently writes letters, postcards and thank-you notes to other elected officials, political appointees and public figures.
Her civically engaged family and a childhood full of lively, dinner-table discussions about politics and current events are the foundation for her stubborn quest to hold the president accountable. Some of her fondest memories include seeing orcas and moose in the wild, and getting to sit in the copilot’s seat on the Goodyear blimp. Kathy has two grown children and lives in Ohio with her husband, a boisterous dog, two cats and an unreasonably large number of books she hopes to read someday. Dear Oval Office Occupant: Letters to the White House in the Age of Trump is her first book.
Dear Oval Office Occupant: Letters to the White House in the Age of Trump
When Donald Trump was elected president, Kathy Hayes was stunned. He didn’t have relevant experience or qualifications. He mocked women, immigrants veterans and the disabled. He had presided over a string of bankruptcies, lawsuits and a bogus university. She knew she couldn’t remain silent. On Dec. 1, 2016, she wrote him an old-fashioned paper letter, put it in an envelope with a stamp and mailed it. Then she wrote another, and another. Beginning on Inauguration Day, the letters became a daily discipline.
What began as a simple act of protest morphed into much more: a chronicle of current events and presidential misdeeds; a journal of her frustrations and fears; and the birth story of an unlikely activist.
With flashes of humor, poignancy and righteous anger, Hayes’s letters document the struggles of an ordinary citizen trying to make sense of a presidency like no other.
Entertaining and inspiring, Oval Office Occupant challenges readers to find within themselves the courage to speak truth to power.
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As a copy editor and writer for a national business-to-business magazine, Kathy Hayes put her writing and grammatical precision to the test while embarking on an assignment all her own. Since Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20, 2017 Hayes has written to him everyday. She has sent over 1,000 letters to date. Hayes puts research, heart, anger, and frustration into each and every letter. Her consistency and dedication to this journey has shown us what it means to embark on your own personal protest and serve as a voice to the voiceless. Hayes sat down with us to discuss how...