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An Optimist in the White House…

An Optimist in the White House…

Naked Leader Week – 293 – Monday 2 February 2009

An Optimist in the White House…

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Thank you for your reaction last week, the answers are below. Many of those who wrote spoke of the new levels of optimism brought by the new president, despite the many challenges facing him from day one – it reminded me of a story I used in The Naked Leader:

There once was a rich business man in London who had twins.  And you know how babies have a personality almost from the moment they are born?  One baby was miserable, the other was happy.  And it continued all the way through their early childhood – everyone remarked on it, but their father refused to accept it.  He decided to test it out once and for all on their tenth birthdays.  In the small hours he filled the pessimist’s room full of the most amazing toys and presents you could imagine.  And the optimist’s he filled full of horseshit.  Early the next morning he crept past the pessimist’s room. He could hear him grumbling, “This won’t last long, I didn’t really want one of these”.  Then he went to the optimist’s room – and he could hear him whistling a merry tune!  He burst in the door to see his optimist son whistling away shovelling horseshit out of the window with a spade:

“Why are you whistling when your room is full of horseshit on your birthday?”

“Hey Dad, with this amount of horseshit, there must be a pony here for me somewhere!”

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

Your choice

With my best wishes


Answer to last week’s NL Week

Four Presidents, Four Quotes

A        And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your    years” Abraham Lincoln

B        “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your      country.” John F. Kennedy

C        “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.”  Woodrow Wilson

D        “Rarely is the questioned asked: Is our children learning?” George W Bush


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