it’s the dial tone, mr. president

Posted: June 16th, 2018 | No Comments »

from the september 2016 between outgoing president barack obama and writer doris kearns goodwin in “Barack Obama and Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Ultimate Exit Interview”. loved this anecdote about dwight d. eisenhower:

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN: …There will be perks [of the presidency] that you’ll miss, I’m sure.

BARACK OBAMA: I will miss Air Force One. I will miss Marine One.

GOODWIN: I think I told you the story about Eisenhower, that he had not personally dialed a phone call for so long that when he finally was out of the presidency he picked up the phone and he hears this buzz, and he said, “What’s this buzz?” It’s the dial tone, Mr. President. [Laughter.]

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