What Did the President Say at Russell and Dorothy Budd's House Last Night?
Air Force One leaving Love Field yesterday evening
Courtesy Kim Seale, Southwest Airlines
Let's go to the lengthy transcript, which the White House just posted from last night's big-ticket fund-raiser at the Highland Park home of the attorney and his wife, a former president of Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Before the politics, a shout-out to his traveling mate ("I want to also say thank you for doing such a great job training my Ambassador Ron Kirk") and this note:
I was reminded of a story Abraham Lincoln used to tell about a guy who came to see him looking for patronage work. He had really tried to get in to see the President, and back then security was a little more lax than it is now. And eventually he got an audience with the President, and he looked at Lincoln and he said, "You know, I am responsible for you being in office. If it wasn't for me, you would not be here." And Lincoln said, "Is that true?" He said, "Yes." He said, "Well, I forgive you." (Laughter.)
There are times, given all the grey hairs that I've been accumulating here over the last two years, that I understand Lincoln's joke. But obviously being President is the most extraordinary privilege that anyone could have, and with it comes such sober responsibilities. That's particularly at a time of great national challenge.
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