The phone rings, waking President McCain. Groggily, he answers it. “Hello?”
“Mr. President. There is a foreclosure crisis. We need action now.”
McCain looks at the clock. It’s 3 A.M. “Are you psychotic?”
“This is very important.”
“Who is doing business at his hour?”
“We can’t wait for a decision on what to do.”
“It’s 3 A.M.! What the hell can we do right now?!”
“We need to make a plan.”
“Are honestly telling me you didn’t find out there was a problem with foreclosures until right now?”
“Well… I found out earlier today. I forgot to tell you until now.”
“I will strangle you!”
“That won’t help the foreclosure crisis.”
“Do you have a family? I will murder your family and make you watch!”
“That seems a bit extreme.”
“It’s 3 A.M.! You do not wake me with crap like this at this hour!”
JOHN MCCAIN: Ready to answer the call appropriately at 3 A.M.
From memory, I’m pretty sure my headline above was the headline that appeared on the front page of the News-Journal this morning. When I first read it, I assumed it would be an analysis of the media coverage Obama’s been getting. Instead, the was just another example of the rock star treatment the media’s been giving him.
1919 – One of the most bizarre off-the-field incidents history takes place in Jacksonville, Florida. New York Yankees outfielder Ping Bodie competes against an ostrich named “Percy” in a spaghetti-eating contest! Bodie wins the competition when Percy passes out after his 11th plate of pasta.
This Day in Delaware History:
1731 James Nixon, great-great-great-great-grandfather of President Richard Nixon, bought a 100 acre farm in Brandywine Hundred. His other great-great-great- great-grandfather Thomas Milhous lived 9 miles away just over the line in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
“Let the American youth never forget, that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils, and sufferings, and blood of their ancestors; and capacity, if wisely improved, and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to their latest posterity all the substantial blessings of life, the peaceful enjoyment of liberty, property, religion, and independence.”
— Joseph Story (Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833)
Reference: Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 718.