Early one Sunday morning during the Nixon years–

too early, in Patricia Taylor Buckley’s view–

the White House rang for her husband (William F. Buckley).

“The president is calling for Mr. Buckley,” the voice announced.

“Mum fired back in her most formidable voice–

and trust me when I say formidable:

a cross between Noel Coward and a snapping turtle–

“The president of what?

to which the White house operator calmly replied,

‘Our country, ma’am’.”

John Meacham reviewing
Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley


~ by eaesthete on 05/28/09.

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