Dear Better Business Bureau: Iím writing about a plumber I hired in 2008 to fix my pipes. The name of his business is Barack H. Obama & Co. Despite many assurances on Mr. Obamaís part, and despite spending far beyond what I wanted on the project, my toilets are still full of?.?.?. well, theyíre not fixed. And now Iím told thereís some question as to whether I can fire him...

To start with, I was shocked by the huge price of Mr. Obamaís bid to ďstimulateĒ (he used that word a lot) the plumbing system to get it flowing again. I agreed to spend the money, however, after Obama & Co. guaranteed me that the toilets in the upstairs bathrooms would never overflow. And you know what, Mr. BBB Man? Well my upstairs toilets have been overflowing for 42 straight months! His repairs still arenít working!

So I complained to Mr. Obama. He blamed the previous plumber, said the last guy had messed things up so bad that it would take time for his new system to get rid of all the, er, sewage. So I waited. After a while the toilets seemed to improve somewhat, but they still didnít work right. But in August 2010, one of his crew, a Mr. Geithner (He handles the books), told me, ďItís fixed!Ē My plumbing problems were fully recovered. Except?.?.?.?the toilets were still flooding.

Soon after that, Mr. Obamaís top assistant, an older gentleman named Biden, announced that ďthis time theyíre really fixed!Ē About this Mr. Biden. Iím not sure heís?.?.?.?uh, all there, if you know what I mean? So I decided that, when my four-year contract with Mr. Obama came to an end this November, I would find a new plumber. I hired him to do a job, he didnít do it, so heís fired. Thatís what I told him. Thatís when Mr. Obama started making me feel?.?.?.?uncomfortable.

Mr. Obamaís friends started saying I wanted to fire him because he was black. When I mentioned another plumber, Mr. Mittís, to Mr. Obama, I suddenly got emails full of vicious stories about how Mr. Mittís had killed the wife of a previous employee. I found a website printout on my desk suggesting Mr. Mittís mistreats women customers. I donít know what to do. Iím just a homeowner whoís struggling to pay the bills and I need stuff to work. I donít want to argue about race, or women or what happened in some company 20 years ago ó I just want someone to get the [expletive] out of my toilets!

Please respond ASAP. Mr. Obama and his wife are scheduled to stop by this weekend, and every time she comes over, she digs through my fridge and complains about the food I buy. And thatís another thing?.?.?.

Michael Graham, Boston Herald
August 29, 2012