“Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my inaugural day”
Don Corleone, Godfather (novel & movie character) with apologies to Mario Puzo
President Bush was a man to whom corporations came for help, and never were they disappointed. He made no empty promises, nor the craven excuse that his hands were tied by more powerful forces. Bush would take that CEO’s troubles to his heart. And he would let nothing stand in the way to a solution of that man’s woe.
At least 88 companies and trade associations, along with 39 top executives -- all with huge stakes in administration policies -- have already donated $18 million toward a $40 million goal for the country's 55th inaugural celebration.
The nuclear energy industry looking to build new plants, Wall Street investment firms seeking to profit from private Social Security accounts; oil, gas and mining companies pushing the White House to revive a stalled energy-subsidy bill; and hotels and casinos seeking an influx of immigrant labor are among the 44 interests that have each given $250,000 and the 66 that have donated $100,000 to $225,000. And the money keeps pouring in, according to the Washington Post.
Now on this great day, his inauguration, Bush stood in the White House doorway to greet his guests, all of them known, all of them trusted. Many of them owed their good fortune in business to the president and on this intimate occasion felt free to call him Godfather or president.
Again, apologies to Mario Puzo, text from the novel The Godfather, 1969 , G.P. Putnam's Sons