Dead Presidents

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

I don't know what comes after death. Maybe nothing. Maybe something. Who really knows until we take our last breath.

But if there is an afterlife, maybe it is broken up in different segments that reflected our life in the living.

If you were a baseball player, you spend your eternity playing baseball with all who have in the past played baseball. As in the movie, Field Of Dreams.

If you were an average person, well you would spend it with those people that  were with you in your life and relive some of those experiences.

If this is the case, then former kings and queens of England would be together, former Czars of Russia, all the different Popes would hsng together.

That would mean that all of the former Presidents of the United States would be together. And what would they make of the current contenders for the presidency in 2020?

I think they would gather in a large room. Mahogany on the walls with a large fireplace and leather chairs and sofas all around. Tiffany lamps on black cherry tables with crystal chandeliers on the ceiling. And a long wooden bar with cushioned stools.

Let's take a look to see what is taking place.

The room is crowded. U S Grant is smoking a big cigar talking to LBJ about horses while LBJ sips on his third Cutty Sark, no ice.

FDR is mixing up a batch of his famous martinis while Thomas Jefferson is writing. John Adams is trying to take a peek.

"Oh Mr. Adams...must you always be under my feet?" asks Jefferson. 

John Adams walks away to try one of FDR's martinis.

In through the large woiden doors walks in Harry Truman and Abe Lincoln

"I'm sorry Abe but I can't see how your party let that son of a bitch be your stand bearer. I wouldn't trust him to hold my last 5$. huffed Harry

"It's the times Harry. They are different from when you, and I were alive. The bar has been set so low that you need a shovel to dig it out of the horse shit." replied Abe

Harry headed to the bar to get himself a bourbon as Abe went to chat with Richard Nixon.

In comes Teddy Roosevelt, face red, full of piss and vinager. He walks over to his 5th cousin FDR and says, " Damnation and bolderdash Franklin! You see these two imbicels running for the highest office in the land! It's a disgrace! I wouldn't trust either one of these scoundrels to polish my riding boots!"

"Now now Teddy. True, they are not the best of the bunch. But this is what the American people want. Come, have a martini."

"No thanks cousin. I will have some spring water from what I brought back from my trip out west."

Teddy takes a swig of his spring water and says, "Bully...that hits the spot!"

JFK, Dwight Eisenhower, and Ronald Reagan are sitting on a sofa talking.

"What do you make of these two running for office Jack." asks Ronald.

" don't think to highly of either of them Ronny. Ones a conman and the other, just can't make out" said JFK 

"That Trump couldn't hit the side of a barn with his golf game. Why I could beat him by 12 strokes and not break a sweat." said Dwight.

"Well....there you go again." Ronald said with a chuckle. JFK and Dwight chuckled also as well as Franklin Pierce and James Polk who were listening in.

After awhile, all the presidents had gathered around the larger fireplace, some sitting, others standing. President Bush asked the senior member, George Washington of his take on the current state of American politics.

Twirling his brandy in his glass, then looking at the others in the room said, " Gentlemen, this country has seen many things, gone through many things. Good times to bad, then to find a renewed spirit in itself. We are not perfect, we have many faults. Faults that even today must be fixed. Wrongs from the past that must still be righted.  And so they should and so they shall be. But...I like to think that our generation....people like Jefferson, Adams, Madison, Monroe and others who are not here, laid the groundwork for what this country could and should be."

Pausing to take a sip of brandy, Washingtonton continues.

" I am sure that when some of you ran for president, there were those who felt that you or your opponent were not up to this high office. Even I had my doubts about my ability. But it's the people.....the people that make their choice for those who will run this nation. We are human... .and as such....we will make mistakes and not please everyone. But we have the ability and the will to do what is right for all who live within this countries borders because we were elected by the people. The people have spoken. And that's why we broke away from England all those years ago. To choose our own course."

Taking some more of his brandy, Washington concluded, " We may not like the two who are running for president now because we are looking at them with eyes from our own timeline. But no matter what, this country will survive.  It will not go quietly in the night with a whimper. As long as the people are given their freedoms that we laid out in our constitution all those years ago, and to always question those in power, this country will preserve."

As a round of cheers goes up in the room, Teddy Roosevelt shouting, "BULLY.....BULLY!"  for all to hear.

After the cheers and back slapping, Washington goes towards a window to look at the earth.. Abe Lincoln comes up to Washington and says, " That was a mighty fine speech George. If you ran against me instead of Douglas with those words you just said, I would have gone back to Springfield lawyern."

"Well, thanks Abe. I'm glad you and the men liked it, but I wonder how it would be met down there?"

Submitted: November 01, 2020

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Serge Wlodarski

Good story. If Washington was president now he'd be kicking ass and taking names.

Sun, November 1st, 2020 10:40am


Thanks for reading. I thought about making it into a few chapters. Maybe I will revamp it after the election.

Sun, November 1st, 2020 4:15am

Back in Black

I'm sure Lincoln, who caused over 600,000 American deaths, would think the bar for Trump was set too low....

Mon, November 2nd, 2020 5:40pm


Thanks for reading.

Mon, November 2nd, 2020 11:24am

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