The President leaned back in his chair with his cigarette and The Advisor in front of him and relaxed. He wasn’t a simple man but he enjoyed simple things. Visiting with the old man in the subterranean passageways under the White House gave him a chance to drop all the role-playing he had to do on a never-ending booking of stages. Most of the causes he spoke about didn’t interest him and the audiences certainly didn’t. Down here he felt safe. Not from any physical danger. He was safe from danger everywhere but from pretension of the sycophants and those just wanting face time, he was only safe in this underground chamber. He doubted if the old man even thought about pushing his own agenda, if he even had one. This was the only place where he really felt he was part of a long line of historical figures who at one time sat at the big desk in the Oval Office. No matter what he said here, there was no danger of any leaks. This might be the only place in the whole damn government where that statement was true.
The Advisor could see the President was deep in some thought and waited before asking him a question that he would not have even hinted at earlier in their relationship. But now he felt their relationship had changed and the President wouldn’t take offense. He topped off the President’s coffee cup and said, “You said last time it was critical that someone would follow you who could carry on your mission of transforming America and the world. Everyone thinks your former rival will be that person. Do you?”
“Not anymore. Knowing what I know now, I should have never put her at the State Department as long as her family foundation was tangled in foreign money-making projects. The temptation of the big amounts of cash must have been too strong. Without the foundation business, she wouldn’t have needed a private email server in her house. I think she is the only member of my Cabinet who broke clear federal laws by using private email channels for government business. It’s reached the point where I might have to let the FBI and Justice Department investigate the matter. The media really won’t really pick up the investigation. They are all far too partisan. Remember how they investigated the Watergate Affair? Here, I have to point out that it wasn’t the FBI or the Attorney General who forced Nixon’s retirement. Not even Congress seems to recognize that presidents don’t investigate themselves or their employees.
“To answer your question: No, I don’t think she will get the nomination. Just too much baggage. I need someone who can get elected and then, at least, hold back the conservative drive to terminate all the programs I put in place until another progressive revolutionary wins the White House and the task of transforming America into a socialist nation is completed. I’ve taken the transformation process about as far as I can.”
“Mr. President, I think the transformation benchmarks achieved during your administration will be the legacy historians write about. Thank you.”
“Talking to you does help me. I’ll be back in a week or so. Goodnight.”
The above is a fictional account of a meeting that never took place, but it could have.
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