Washington, D.C. - Giving in to the demands of an uneasy nation and to restore confidence in the turbulent financial markets, President Bush has agreed to let President-Elect Barack Obama and his Cabinet inch ever closer to the seat of the presidency by allowing them to move into a tree house on the White House lawn.
"The tree house is located just outside the Oval Office, which will allow Obama and his transitional team the opportunity to eavesdrop on the President's meetings and telephone conversations with members of Congress, captains of industry and world leaders," said a White House spokesman.
Bush originally built the tree house for former Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, telling him it was a Townhouse. It was constructed to cash in on the sub-prime market craze before the real estate bubble popped. Then Gonzales lost his job, falling behind in his mortgage payments, the President had no choice but to foreclose on him.
"Ever since, it has been used by Bush to conduct top-level negations with world leaders and used as a guesthouse for visiting dignitaries staying the night, hence its name, Mini-Camp David," continued the White House spokesman.
"I would like to extend my thanks and that of my Cabinet to President Bush for allowing us to gather here for our meetings so close to the presidential seat of power in these uncertain times," said Obama, looking down on reporters as he was perched up high in the tree house on the White House lawn. "I realize my President-Elect press conferences are unprecedented in the history of our great nation as is the action of an outgoing President in essentially sharing the remainder of his days in office assuring such a smooth transition of power. Excuse me now, I and my Cabinet have to get busy working on an economic recovery plan."
With that, Obama dismissed himself and closed the green tattered moth eaten curtain to the tree house where he and his staff worked throughout the day and long into the night. Taking breaks only to pluck splinters from their hands, use the bathroom and call up for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chocolate chip cooks and warm glasses of milk, which the First Lady was only to glad to supply.
"Mrs. B your chocolate chip cooks are the best I've ever tasted," said Obama to the First Lady. "You simply have to give me the recipe so Michelle can make them for me and the girls."
To which the First Lady agreed and kindly reminded Obama and his cabinet not to stay up too late, for tomorrow is a brand new day.
As the nation slept, the last flashlight went out in the tree house. Obama and his Cabinet finally fell asleep wishing each other a goodnight as they dreamed of sugar plumbs, gumdrops, and ways of stimulating the economy without introducing inflation or under stimulating it, risking deflation and reintroducing market regulation without curtailing free enterprise.
"Goodnight everyone," said Obama to his Cabinet.
"Goodnight Mr. President-Elect, " responded Obama's Cabinet in unison and perfect harmony.
Goodnight to all and may tomorrow bring a brand new day.