NEW YORK: In 1934 a dusty, beaten-up ledger was found in a trash heap in the basement of the New York Society Library on E 79th St.
Information revealed that on 5 October 1789 the Nation's first President had borrowed 2 books - the "Law of Nations", a treatise on international relations, and Volume 12 of the "Commons Debates", containing transcripts of debates from Britain's House of Commons. The books were due back by November 2, 1789. Failure to return has resulted in their accruing a fine of a few pennies per day ever since - now topping the $300,000 mark.
While there have been some incidents of women being taken to jail for failing to pay library fines, the late president appears to have gotten off scot free. In a tremendous show of generosity the head librarian has been quoted as saying:
"We're not actively pursuing the President's overdue fines.
But we would be very happy if we were able to get the books back".
This reporter posed the following question to Sarah Palin at the Teabaggers party:
"Since you and your fellow partiers want to take America back to the days of the Founding Fathers, considering that George Washington was not only the first President but one of the main signatories of the Declaration of Independence, will you be paying the fines he owed from the millions you have made?"
Ms. Palin checked her palm notes before replying:
"Well gosh ...I didn't know George was the first president, I thought it was Abe Lincoln. Well whaddaya know - you learn something new everyday - and I'm getting to be a reel good learner".