Happy President’s Day everyone!
I know what you’re thinking - isn’t EVERY DAY President’s Day?
I mean, they get to be the leader of the Free World, they can sign all sorts of bills, they can even declare national emergencies if they don’t get their way. It might seem great, what with all that free Executive Time, but being the President of the United States is tough work. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes.
Let’s take meet and greets, for example. Most Presidents have a meet and greet time slotted into their daily schedules. This is when they get to meet with foreign dignitaries, members of congress, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the board members of the National Tuirkey Federation - EVERYONE.
Sometimes the President even has to meet with people from the other side of the ideological spectrum. This was the case in point on November 12, 1987 when President Ronald Reagan welcomed the new spokesmen for the Christmas Seals Foundation into his office. All in a day’s work, right? But the irony is that the new spokespeople for Christmas Seals were not other than those 1960s iconoclasts and flaming liberals, The Smothers Brothers!
What happened when the former Governor of California meets his political opposites? Download this episode and see!
As promised in the episode, here’s the bit from the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour where Keith Moon puts too many explosives in his drum kit and blows out Pete Townsend’s eardrums.
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