The conservative writer and editor William F. Buckley, Jr., once said that, during Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign back in 1964, he had a fantasy: He imagined Senator Goldwater taking the presidential oath of office at the hand of Chief Justice Earl Warren (a controversial and, for the time, quite liberal justice) and then, as his first official act as president, when summoned to swear to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, responding “I do. Mr. Warren, you’re under arrest.”
I noticed, this morning, that the band was playing the theme music from the film Air Force One when Governor Romney appeared on the platform and then, again, when Representative Ryan emerged to meet the crowd.
I like the film Air Force One, and I like its music. And I began to imagine President Romney’s first words after taking the oath:
“Get off of my plane!”