Paris Portingale continues his talks with famous people from history: Paris meets George Washington.
I said to George Washington, “So, why did you cross the Delaware River, Mr. Washington?
He said, “Do you remember that old joke, why did the chicken cross the road?”
“Yes, to get to the other side.”
“Right. And I believe you cut down your father’s favorite tree?”
“Yes, his cherry tree.”
“Why did you just confess like that?”
“I was only six. I thought it was no mean feat cutting down a tree at that age. A whole tree. And it wasn’t even an axe, it was a hatchet. A whole tree, six years old, with a hatchet. I thought that was pretty good, being six and all, but they didn’t see it that way.”
“Did you chop anything else?”
“A couple of things.”
“You know, you’ve got a carriage, right?”
“And the carriage is pulled by horses and the horses are attached to a pole and that’s attached to the carriage? Well, I chopped the pole. They didn’t notice and tried to drive off. I thought it was funny, you know, at the time. I didn’t confess to that one.”
“Well, I was still getting over the whipping for the tree. The whole thing left me a bit wary.”
“Okay, I’ve got to go now. I’ve got to call in on Benedict Arnold. Good luck being president.”
“Thanks, and good luck with Arnold, he’s a slippery little beggar.”