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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 27, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

    Bye-bye, George W.

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    On a lighter note, herewith an anecdote and some images received by email in recent days:-

    One sunny day in January, 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,
    Sir.”

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