Friday, February 23, 2007

How The Other Six-Billionth Lives

On a lighter note, it's amazing what you can learn from listening to podcasts. NPR has a weekly satirical news quiz show called Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me. It's worth listening to, and pretty funny. I've been catching up on previous shows, and one revealed this story.

Roland Mesnier, who was pastry chef at the White House for 25 years, retired and published his memoirs, All The Presidents' Pastries. (I'm not responsible for that, I just report.) The book tells this story. In the 80's, Prince Charles came to the US on an official visit and called on President Reagan, who received him in the Oval Office where tea was served. Specifically, a fine porcelain teacup filled with steaming water and with a teabag next to it was set before the prince on the coffee table, as he and the President sat on the couch to talk.

After a while, Reagan noticed that Prince Charles had done nothing with what had been offered, and asked politely if there was a problem. The Prince said, "I'm sorry, I just didn't know what to do with that little bag."

Reflect on that. Prince Charles, about 40 years old at that time, had never seen a teabag before and had no idea what to do with it!

Man. By comparison, the silver-spoon Bush clan are raging populists.

1 comment:

Don said...

Well, he didn't know what to do with Diana Spencer either, so ...