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Muskegon, Mich. (WZZM) A former teacher is standing up for a National Security Council staff member who was fired for his behavior on Twitter.
Jofi Joseph is a 1990 Muskegon Catholic Central High School graduate who worked in nuclear negotiations with Iran for the NSC.
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He was fired this week for anonymously tweeting from the @NatSecWonk Twitter account, where he was often critical of the Obama administration.
Joseph says he takes "complete responsibility" for his actions on Twitter. Russell Gallas was Joseph's teacher at Catholic Central High School. He says he was surprised to find out Jofi had sent 1,600 anonymous tweets criticizing President, government policy and both Democrats and Republicans.
"I think the president over-reacted by terminating him," said Gallas. He has written a letter to the President to share his feelings, "I'm not a guy that writes to the president. It's my first letter to the president. I wrote it because I don't think Jofi is being treated fairly."
Jofi Joseph graduated from Muskegon Catholic Central in 1990. Gallas says the Obama Administration is making a mistake, "I think Jofi could still be a wonderful asset to our country and the Obama administration, but I don't know if the President would agree with that."
Until he was fired Jofi Joseph was a Director in the nuclear non proliferation section of the national security council and had an office in the West Wing of The White House.
Below is a letter to President Obama from Joseph's former teacher, sent to WZZM 13 Thursday afternoon:
Dear Mr. President,
I would like to express my disappointment with your recent decision to terminate Mr. Jofi Joseph, a former high school student of mine and personal friend, from his position in your National Security staff. I read, if your administration was quoted correctly Mr. President, that you fired Mr. Joseph not so much because of his Tweets, "but because his behavior exhibited poor judgment in an office that handles sensitive national security secrets." Really, Mr. President, do you believe that individuals of the intellectual caliber and sensibilities of Mr. Joseph cannot distinguish between a little humorous sarcasm and National Security secrets? Am I to believe that Political Leaders and individuals in the public eye are suddenly bruised like grapes by a little harmless sarcastic wit?
With all due respect Mr. President, I would like to remind you of another earlier political "tweeter" who was in fact, one of our Founding Fathers. Benjamin Franklin often wrote things that would have been considered "Politically Incorrect" by today's standards to be sure, but always with humorous and often sarcastic with, and filled irony. Some of his day, may have even called some of Mr. Franklin's writings "mean spirited." But I am sure that President Washington was not concerned about Mr. Franklin's commitment to God and Country. And isn't it interesting that Mr. Franklin too, had to do much of his political pundit writing under pseudonyms such as Silence Dogood, Harry Meanwell, Alice Addertongue, Richard Saunders, and Timothy Turnstone.
Again, with all due respect, reconsider your decision about Jofi, Mr. President. You caught your modern day Ben Franklin. Now, please reinstate Mr. Jofi, remind your bi-partisan colleagues to learn to laugh at themselves a bit more, and remember the words of General Colin Powell, Ret. "Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard."