"I would really like to see George W. Bush and Dick Cheney before I
die," whispered the priest.
"I'll see what I can do, Father" replied the nurse. The nurse sent the
request to the White House and waited for a response. Soon the word
arrived. Bush and Cheney would be delighted to visit the priest.
As they went to the hospital, Bush commented to Cheney "I don't know why the old priest wants to see us, but it will certainly help our images." Cheney couldn't help but agree.
When they arrived at the priest's room, the priest took Cheney's hand
in his right hand and Bush's hand in his left. There was silence and a
look of serenity on the old priest's face. Finally Vice President
Cheney spoke. "Father, of all the people you could have chosen, why
did you choose us to be with you as you near the end?"
The old priest slowly replied "I have always tried to pattern my life
after our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
"Amen" said Cheney. "Amen" said Bush.
The old priest continued... "He died between two lying thieves. I
would like to do the same."