During a Pandemic, how would presidents of the past answer the question: “What do you say to people at home, people who are scared?”
FDR: “My fellow Americans, we have nothing to fear, but fear itself . . . and perhaps Eleanor.”
Harry Truman: “I say horsepucky! We beat the Nazis and we’ll beat this as soundly as I did Tom Dewey. Now get up off the sofa and call your mother.”
Eisenhower: “Here at Camp David, Mamie and I are having some cookies and warm milk and you should, too.” (Flashes “V for Victory” hand sign)
Richard Nixon: “I just want to say, I’m not a crook and my little dog, Checkers, is not a crook. That said, if you get caught with a virus (or anything else) hunker down and cover up.” (Wink, wink)
Reagan: (Wearing western attire, riding horse, and giving soft, reassuring smile). “Well, that’s a good question you’re asking. I’m calling on all Americans to wear a Lone Ranger mask over their mouth and follow Nancy’s advice: Just Say No to Corona Virus. Take care.”
Jimmy Carter: “Y’all don’t worry. We’re working on a peanut vaccine that should be ready by harvest time in Georgia. Meanwhile, best stick with prayer.”
George H.W. Bush: “Everybody just calm down. Get on your yacht (making sure it’s well stocked with arugula) and set sail for a few months.”
Clinton: “I just ate a batch of Hillary’s chocolate chips cookies, I feel your pain.”
George Bush: “Just zen out, people. I’ve put Cheney in charge of this mess. Nobody’s better at messes than he is. And, besides, it’s all Obama’s fault. Opps! He’s not been elected president yet . . . no matter.”
Obama: “They don’t call me No Drama Obama for nothing. I’ve put every government, industry and medical expert on the job. Meanwhile, I’m calling on all Americans—regardless of race, creed, color, or sexual orientation—to stand on their porches and join me in singing “Kum By Yah.”
But Churchill, to those sheltered during the WWII air raids, would have said it best: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender.”
Linda Lacy says
Thank you, Jean.
Today I and my family need Churchill’s words of wisdom the most!
Stay safe and well,
Jean Carnahan says
Good to hear from you. Stay well.
Jeanne cavender says
Thank you from Rolla! I have cleaned my pantry thanks to your blog, cleaned out years of files. Always look forward to your message. Come visit us at TEAC sometime.
Jean Carnahan says
Now you’ve inspire ME! At the farm need to do the same thing I did at my condo.
Ann Whaley says
This is the first Blog I have seen from you and I feel like you are sitting at the table talking with me. It was