"I'm 63 and I'm Tired" by Robert A. Hall

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Forwarded text attributed to U.S. Marine Corps veteran and former Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall condemns the ideas and policies of President Obama and the "latte liberals" who voted for him. Some versions of the message claim it was written by the same Robert Hall who played a coroner on the TV series CSI.

Description: Forwarded email
Circulating since: Feb. 2009
Status: Falsely attributed to CSI actor Robert Hall

Email text contributed by Richard L., May 31, 2010:

This needs to be read / passed on

Robert A. Hall is the actor who plays the coroner on CSI if you watch that show.

"I'm 63 and I'm Tired"
by Robert A. Hall

I'm 63. Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but job-hunting every day, I've worked, hard, since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired. Very tired.

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to "keep people in their homes." Sure, if they lost their jobs or got sick, I'm willing to help. But if they bought McMansions at three times the price of our paid-off, $250,000 condo, on one-third of my salary, then let the left-wing Congress-critters who passed Fannie and Freddie and the Community Reinvestment Act that created the bubble help them with their own money.


Analysis: This viral op-ed piece was authored by retired U.S. Marine and former Massachusetts state senator Robert A. Hall, who published it on his blog on Feb. 19, 2009.

The forwarded text incorrectly identifies Senator Hall as the actor who plays the coroner on the CBS television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

That actor's name is Robert David Hall.

A version of this text circulating since 2011 claims it was authored by actor Bill Cosby.

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• 'I Am a Bad American' (attr. to various celebrities)
• Andy Rooney vs. Political Correctness
'The President Without a Country' by Pat Boone
Lou Pritchett's Letter to Obama
Letter to Obama (attr. to a Fourth-Grade Teacher)
'We Noticed' (attr. to Sherry Hackett)
Harold B. Estes Letter to Obama

Sources and further reading:

'I'm Tired' by Robert A. Hall
The Old Jarhead (Robert A. Hall's blog), 19 February 2009

Robert David Hall Bio
Internet Movie Database

Last updated 06/01/10