Just got this from a friend:
One sunny day, in 2009, an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he’d been sitting on a park bench.
He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”
The Marine looked at the man and said, “Sir, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.”
The old man said, “Okay,” and walked away.
The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”
The Marine again told the man, “Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Bush is no longer president and no longer resides here.”
The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.
The third day, the same man approached the White House and spoke to the very same U.S. Marine, saying, “I would like to go in and meet with President Bush.”
The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, “Sir, this is the third day in a row you have been here asking to speak to Mr. Bush. I’ve told you already that Mr. Bush is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don’t you understand?”
The old man looked at the Marine and said, “Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it.”
The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, “See you tomorrow.”
I know many of us, myself included, are concerned with what the Obama administration may or may not be able (or willing!) to tackle- they certainly have a long laundry list of problems facing them on Day 1.
And certainly decisions such as the Rick Warren debacle do make me wonder if Barack Obama understands fully the situations of some of America’s citizens.
But for one minute, let’s remember who he is replacing on January 20th.
I for one will not soon tire of hearing that “Mr. Bush is no longer the President and no longer resides here”…
Music to these ears.