On January 20, 2009 the newly anointed 44th President of the United States took up residence in the White House. Over the course of the next three nights he was visited by the ghosts of past Presidents.
During the first night, with a gentle gust of cold air the ghost of George Washington appears to Obama in the darkness. His face is calm but grave as befitted the shade of America’s first and greatest President.
Obama, shocked and slightly fearful, but still proud that the ghost of George Washington would choose to honor him and eager to get advice from him, asks, “How can I best serve my country?”
Washington answers simply, “Never tell a lie.”
“Ouch!” Winces Obama, uncomfortable with such advice, “I don’t know about that.”
The Second Night
The next night, the ghost of Thomas Jefferson appears with a similarly gentle rush of cold air. His face is slightly stern, as that of a parent about to lecture his child.
Obama, concerned that these nightly visits would hamper his sleep but still proud and still hopeful for advice asks again, “How can I best serve my country?”
Jefferson says, “Listen to the people.”
“Ohhh! I really don’t want to do that,” Obama thinks to himself as he nods his head to the shade before him.
The Third Night
On the third night, the ghost of Abe Lincoln appears amid a rush of cold air faintly carrying the tang of spent gunpowder. His long face was stern and somewhat frustrated looking.
Obama hopeful seeing the man he has modeled his own public image after, asks, “How can I best serve my country?”
Lincoln, his voice sounding resigned to sadness, says, “Go to the theater.”
Beware! O ye men, mean and base. When you seek advice from the great and the wise, they may curse you with the gift of it. 😉