Thursday, December 28, 2006

Good word

"[Nixon aide Stephen] Bull remembered an occasion when the President was working a large crowd at an airport. A little girl had waved to him vigorously, shouting, 'How is Smokey the Bear?' (Smokey resided at the Washington Zoo.) The President smiled at her and turned away, but she kept on waving and inquiring. Unable to make out what she was saying Nixon turned to Bull, who whispered, 'Smokey the Bear, Washington National Zoo.' The President walked over, took her hand and said, 'How do you do, Miss Bear?'"

-- Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Final Days

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