According to one editorial writer,
what really counts in the Capital city
these days is whether, behind his back,
a President is given the Washington "He"
as in "I'm told He is really upset about
Recently during a verbal altercation
with our kids, Donna exclaimed, "These are
your kids, make them mind."
We saw that the situation demanded action
of some sort, so we said...
"Kids, if you don't straighten up, we
are going to give the Panama Canal away."
This didn't seem to phase them too much,
so we tried again.
"If you don't stop messing around,
we're going to throw you bicycles away."
"That's all right," retorted four tiny
voices in unison, Gramps is going to give us
new ones for Christmas anyway."
"Listen you guys, sit down right now and
behave, or I'm going to blister your bottoms."
Almost immediately and with one accord,
all four began to concentrate, in silence, on
their favorite TV program.
"Well," said our wife, "you handled that like
a true Super Chief."
"Around this white house, you may simply
refer to me as "He."
"He... He" replied our wife darmurely.
(Written in 1978. The Panama Canal was
not handed over to Panama until 1999.)