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Tenn. man's letter to President Obama gains national attention

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Tennessee man remains in the spotlight days after President Barack Obama mentioned a letter that the businessman sent him following the election during a recent presidential news conference.  

"I was surprised when I got the call from the White House on Tuesday asking for my approval to use it," Steve White told Nashville's News 2.

Despite not voting for President Obama, Wise said he supports the president as he works to move the country forward in the future.

"My hope he wrote, is that we can make progress in light of personal and party principals, special interest groups and years of business as usual. We've got to work together and put our differences aside. I could not say it better myself," Obama said.

Wise said in addition to sending the letter to the president, he also sent copies to Senators Lamar Alexander, Bob Corker and Congressman Marsha Blackburn.

"I can't say they are as positive, they still are along the party lines for the most part. I understand right now, but we need to get by that. We need to get on with some real action and get this thing fixed," Wise said.

He continued, "I was watching the two lead senators on 60 Minutes a while back and it struck me as the Hatfield's and McCoy's. I am not sure that they even know why they are arguing it anymore."

Wise added he will likely have to pay higher taxes now that President Obama has won a second term, but he said he is willing to pay more if it helps lower the deficit and get the economy moving again.

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