The Best of Andy Rooney
It doesn't make much sense but we've named a lot of the most important buildings around the world after their shape or appearance. Calling something "white" doesn't mean much, but add the word "house" and you've got what may be the most important building in the world: the
A lot of other famous buildings are named for something else. One important building is known not for its color, but its shape: the Pentagon.
Of "pentagon," my dictionary says, "a polygon having five sides." "Pentagon" might not sound all that ominous, but at least the building wasn't another shape and had to be known as the "Round" or the "Square."
I don't think the Kremlin in Moscow was named after its unusual shape, but it is a well-known name around the world. It is a complex of buildings that include palaces, cathedrals and the residence of the president of Russia. I would imagine the president has to be driven around the complex because of its size.
President Obama has a personal attendant who takes care of his clothes, so he doesn't have to remember where he put things like a pair of pants. He has someone who remembers for him. I should think he'd lose stuff in a pocket once in awhile.
It must be tough getting dressed the first week you're out of office for an ex-president who has to find his own clothes in his own closet and his own underwear in his dresser drawer at home. Someone does those things for you when you're president. (I've never been president, but I've heard that's what happens.)
I've been in the
I hate cutting grass, even though I have a mower I sit on now. I suppose there are days when the president would trade places with me -- cutting the grass instead of deciding what to do about the Middle East. I don't think he ever mows the grass, but I wonder if he ever goes into the
It's strange how little we really know about the president's day-to-day life. He seems like a really normal guy and I hope he's as normal as he seems. A president should be smarter than the rest of us but normal, too. That's a hard combination. Harry Truman was more normal than smart, but Franklin Roosevelt was smarter than normal. I don't have many claims to fame, but I shook hands with Roosevelt once. In 1945 I went to the
Shaking hands is something any president does a lot of. I don't think anyone keeps track but if a president shakes a hundred hands a day -- which I'll bet he does most days -- he'd shake 36,500 hands a year. Each of them would remember the shake but the president wouldn't remember more than a few of them. So, the next time I'm invited to the
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