Saturday, May 14, 2016

The Threat: Act 1 – Scene 1






Obama
(in a surprised tone) Threats again me?
Rhodes
(matter-of-factly) Yes, Mr. President.
Obama
That I should be taken out of the White House and shot?
Rhodes
Hanged, to be precise.
Obama
Hanged? I would’ve thought that by now they would’ve come up with something more original than calling for lynching a black man.
Rhodes
We are not dealing with very imaginative people here, Mr. President.
Obama
That much is obvious. And it’s the Donald who said it
Rhodes
No Mr. President. It’s his retired octogenarian butler.
Obama
So all this uproar and you’re basically telling me the butler did it?
Rhodes
Precisely, Mr. President.
Obama
There’s something absolutely unedifying and somewhat anticlimactic about this.
Rhodes
You know Mr. President, the times they are decadent.
Obama
Indeed. I guess, there is no other choice. Have him arrested, and questioned.
Rhodes
The Butler, Mr. President?
Obama
No. The Donald. Might as well, you know. A little mischief before I leave office.
Rhodes
I’ll get right on it, Mr. President. (Leaves stage)
Obama
(looks out of the Oval Office window) To be or not to be, why is this question still relevant?  Is it because it makes us feel sophisticated, or because I am no longer down with R2P? But how can I be blamed for that? Getting down with OPP is much more fun for my bare bodkin? He can bear a fardel or two for OPP. R2P? Not so much. And enterprises of great pith and moment with this regard their currents turn awry, and lose the name of action.

© Ammar Abdulhamid 2016


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