I missed this rather amusing story over the holidays:
Senior Airman Sean Strong, an air traffic control specialist with the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, received a call from a White House operator Dec. 21 informing him he was going to receive a call from the president Dec. 24.
“I thought it was a prank call at first, but then the White House operator called a couple more times to make sure I knew it wasn’t, and to remind me to be by the phone,” Strong said.
The phone call came at 4:45 p.m., and Strong spoke with the president about a number of things.
“He started out with his appreciation for what we all do out here and [said] to have a merry Christmas and happy New Year,” Strong said. “He sounded very sincere when he expressed his gratitude (for) what we were doing out here.”
After the president’s thanks, the conversation moved on to a lighter topic.
Strong asked him who his picks were to make it to the Super Bowl.
President Bush said New England and St. Louis.
In all fairness, this was before St. Louis lost to Detroit, thereby ceding home field advantage to Philadelphia.
And it must be a recurring problem for presidents: Everybody thinks it’s a prank call!