Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
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Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
Children
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Parents
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Education
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)
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What happened to Congress?


Mr. President.

I recently read in the book "Leaders Eat Last" By Simon Sinek. I details the basic principals of Human Social behaviors based on the 4 natural chemicals in the body: Serotonin, Dopamine, Oxytocin, and Endorphines. When humans work together Serotonin and Oxytocin are released in the body to reward the action. This is why Humans are social pack animals and have survived the last few million years. In order for these chemicals to be released and promote cooperation, human interaction is required.

In the 1990's Newt Gingrich changed the rules in the House of Congress. He prompted congressman to no longer live in Washington D.C. and to live in their hometown. They then commute to D.C. for work from only Tuesday to Thursday each week. This meant that congressman no longer spent time together on the weekends or as many evenings. Meaning further they are incredible less likely to be releasing serotonin and oxytocin while together. Without this happening, its is almost biologically impossible for congressman to grow trust among each other. It is no wonder congress can not get along. Its not politics. It is biology. These men are now motivated only by the self serving chemical: Dopamine.

Please consider re-structuring this basic foundation of how congress operates. We must return to the format that worked for hundreds of years before Newt Gingrich changed it in the 1990's. A time when politics ended at 6pm and regardless of party, congressman were friends and respected each other after that.

Thank you,

Kevin

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Here is a link to the book in reference: "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t" http://www.amazon.com/dp/1591845327