ONE NIGHT IN THE WHITE HOUSE
It is late one night during the Reagan presidency, and Ronald can't sleep,
so he decides to take a walk through the portrait gallery at the White
House. He stops in front of Washington's portrait and says, "George, you
were the father of this country. What can I do to help our country in
these trying times?"
Suddenly, out of the portrait, a white mist appears. Reagan is startled
and then completely amazed as the mist coalesces into the ghost of George
Washington. The ghost looks down at Reagan and says, "Go to the
A somewhat spooked Reagan walks farther down the hall and stops in front
of Jefferson's portrait. "Tom," says Reagan, still not quite believing
this is all actually happening to him, "how can I best help this country
in these trying times?"
Jefferson's ghost appears out of the painting and says, "Go to the
Now Reagan is getting quite excited to be talking to these great men, so
he walks a little farther down the hall. When he comes to Lincoln's
portrait, he says, "Abe, please appear and tell me, how can I best help
the country in these trying times?"
Lincoln's ghost emerges from the portrait and says, "Go to the theater!"