Pretty Enough to Have a Future

Grandma hustled her granddaughter to the barrier facing the carpet that rolled out to air force one.  President Nixon stepped out of the plane and headed down the stairs as he waved.  As he walked past Grand Daughter, he paused and reached through the pictures and books and memo pads thrust at him and grabbed Grand Daughter’s face with his clumsy old hand.  It hurt, but he was smiling in a kind way.  “You are quite a pretty girl.  Pretty enough to be on Fox News.” He squeezed her harder, and shook her head a bit, then let go and was on his way.  Grandma pinched Grand Daughter’s shoulders and beamed, “Fox News?! Did you hear that? What a thing! What a kind thing to say. What an aspiration?! Grandfather loves that program. All the girls there wear such nice skirts.”


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