I couldn’t think of anyone to have coffee with off the top of my head today, so went with my standard brainstorming strategy of checking Wikipedia’s “born on this day” list and learned today was the birthday of this historic Josiah Bartlett, signer of the US Declaration of Independence. I’ll be honest, I know nothing about him except what I’ve already written. But that did make me think of another Josiah Bartlett that would be perfect for this feature.
Would we drink coffee with President Josiah Bartlett from The West Wing?
Kristy: Yes. And it doesn’t even have anything to do with his political views (though he and I are fairly well aligned in that department). I want to have coffee with him because he’s a big ol’ nerd. Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, speaks five languages, and makes frequent historical and literary references? Yes, please! You just know the man could keep up with just about any conversation topic you threw at him. Also he’s a storyteller, which means that coffee with him is bound to include fantastic tales of a fictional White House, meetings with world leaders, and the Bartlett family. Finally, but possibly most importantly, the man knows how to bring the funny. And you know I love the funny.
Cammy: Sure why not? First off, we haven’t had coffee with anyone fictional in a while, so that’s a nice change. Second, I don’t think I’ll have to say much. Pretty sure he can get going on a lecture and run with it. While I don’t align with him politically, neither did Ainsley Hayes and she seemed okay with him. He’s more than just a story teller, the man is a walkin’ book of fun facts. Like Wikipedia on legs–and who doesn’t love Wikipedia?!?!? Sure, I may feel stupid for the majority of the get together, but I’ll probably walk away with some serious fodder for my next dinner party. And, as Kristy said, with this guy, you know at least some of it will be funny.