“Sir, are you worried about the latest polls that show you up to 14 points behind your opinion?” the reporter asked.
“No, I’m not worried at all,” the president said. “Americans have the memory of a goldfish. By the time November comes, they’ll forget about how I mangled this whole COVID-19 mess, my support for white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and police brutality, or my antipathy toward women who object to letting me grab their pussies. They won’t care about how I’ve sold out our country to Russia and other dictators around the world while alienating our global allies. This whole race war will be behind us, as will how I have mistreated immigrants, The corruption coming from the White House will be forgotten and no one will remember that I was impeached, or that I tried to bribe other world leaders to get dirt on my opponent.”
“You don’t think too highly of the people you serve,” the reporter said.
“Actually, I love the American people,” the president responded. “They’re stupid. The stock market is doing great and even though half of the people are clueless about what the stock market really is, they think I’m a genius businessman who has saved our economy. They don’t believe the fake news media and they eat up the thousands of lies I’ve told them.”
“Sir, are you joking? Are you being sarcastic?” the reporter asked.
The president interrupted her. “I don’t joke. Stop asking such stupid questions. Just remember come November that time is on my side. The voters might say today that they want to be free, but they’ll come runnin’ back to me, yeah.”
Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, with the theme “time.” Image from the Happy Color app.
When I saw today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt, “Fire in the Sky,” I had to post this picture I took from our kitchen window right around the time that my state, California, ordered its citizens to shelter-in-place in mid-March. I can’t think of a better photo to illustrate the notion of a fire in the sky, short of a literal fire in the sky, than this one. If you have something better, I challenge you to post it.
“Welcome one and all,” the speaker said, “to this celebration to recognize a paragon of our business community. I’m excited to introduce the man you’ve all been waiting for.”
The speaker gestured to the side of the stage while the audience enthusiastically applauded. But the guest of honor did not take the stage. Finally, a man ran out and spoke to the speaker, who nervously cleared his throat and returned to the microphone.
“Ladies and gentlemen,” the speaker said, “I’m afraid that our main attraction won’t be able to be here in person today.” An audible gasp ran through the crowd. “But the good news is that we’re going to be able to leverage cloud technology to bring our guest of honor to you.”
With that, a giant screen descended from the back of the stage and suddenly the main attraction of the meeting appeared on it, a smug look all over his face.
The woman sitting to my left looked at me and said, “I’m surprised,” she said. “Even up there on that large screen he looks so diminutive.“Well,” I responded, “in real life he’s a little bastard, a very small man, yet with a huge Napoleon complex. Behind his back, everyone despises him.”
Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: Word of the Day Challenge (celebration), Ragtag Daily Prompt (paragon), Jibber Jabber (business), Your Daily Word Prompt (afraid), The Daily Spur (cloud), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (diminutive).
Welcome to June 25, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.
I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).
Today’s word is “cranky.”
Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.
Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.
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And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.