End of Horrific Journey from 911 to 119
President Bush was having his last ride in the outer space with his trusted lieutenants Henry Paulson,the Treasury Secretary and Ben Bernanke, the Fed Chief. The plane just entered the earth orbit andstarted its downward journey.It was the complete reversal of fortune for him, and he regretted it. Oh where was 911 and now today, itis 119. The wheel has turned the full circle, he lamented. His Air Force One was his favorite. Alas, thiswill not be handy anymore. Even Obama would not use it.Looking down, he was appalled by the thick smoke surrounding the plane. Were they clouds, oh no,they were smokes. The earth may be warming up, he thought, thinking of Al Gore whom he narrowlydefeated while assuming the Presidency eight years ago. He did not like Gore’s first name – Al. He wasdreaded by the mere mention of “Al”; he always equated it with “Al Qaeda. “ Once he told even Al Goreduring the Kyoto meeting, that he should change the name for good from Al Gore to something else. Mr.Gore confronted him – what do you suggest? Well, anything except “Al”. It has taken my life.He decided not to think of it any more. Instead, hestarted interacting with his two flamboyant soldiers – Pauly and Bernie. He liked them most. When he was achild, he was fascinated by the comic strip of Mutt andJeff. He likened Henry Paulson or Pauly to lanky Muttand Ben Bernanke to burly Jeff.Bush told both of them “You guys are terrific. You have been entertaining me at the White House all the time”.What I would be doing without them, he wondered.He was tired of signing condolence letters to the bereaved family of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for him at Iraq and Afghanistan.He therefore likened the idea of Paulson coming to hisoffice at 8:00 AM every day with bunch of files tuckedunder his arm, waiting for his signatures. He had signedoff $ 700 billions a few days before, but the Paulsonwas not satisfied. He was a trillion dollar man, not billion dollars.