People talk about power all the time; the power to impact other people, the power to make money, the power to run the government…
All of that is well and good, I get why people would crave it.
Being a history major… er having a Bachelors in History, I have been able to study a lot of people and groups that had power. It was impressive to learn about great leaders, generals, activists, and individuals, but in all honesty I wasn’t moved to a point of amazement until I read about LBJ.
Now I am not going to go on and talk about the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson, I want the people reading to actually stay awake. I will however, talk about the one single thing that impressed me so much, that had me so amazed, that had me so flabbergasted, that in the end made him my favorite President ever. Here is a quote from Wikipedia:
“Johnson, while using the White House bathroom, was known to insist that others accompany him and continue to discuss official matters or take dictation. Among those who received this “privilege” was Katherine Graham, publisher of the Washington Post.”
That is true power.
Imagine that you have so much power that you can tell people to follow you into the shitter while you do your business and they continue working? I can’t even wrap my mind around how awesome that is. I know I have been in the bathroom with myself and wished that I didn’t have to be in there because of the smells coming from my body. Can you imagine being forced to be in there with a guy that makes this face:
That is the face of someone that can truly lay some heinous bricks in the john.
Now I have so many questions about this:
1) Did he mercy flush? - Or did he figure he already had you by the balls by being in there that he didn’t need to do it?
2) Did anyone light a match while they were in there or were they afraid to because they thought they would offend him?-
What is the rule of thumb on this manners wise? You are with the leader of the free world, is it consider impolite to infer that his shit stinks? If it happened in a third world country, would you get executed?
3) Did he ever make a blumpkin joke?- I just have to know. He could have just said, “Well since, you are in here.”
4) If he was reading an important document did he ask someone to wipe him?- Get Robert McNamara in here, he is the most efficient. (That joke is like 50% funnier if you know who McNamara is, wow I am a geek for even referencing him.)
5) At what point did this become protocol?- At what point does an oddity become something that is expected? Was it brought up in a meeting, was there a memo released? Were people bitching about it in the West Wing? “Did you hear about the new shitter rule Jim?”"Did I hear about it? I had a meeting with him after Taco night.”
What do you think is the ultimate display in power? And if I shit would you follow?