Hillary Clinton's announcement that she is running for office has caused some difficulty at the White House. She is now wearing two hats--that of first lady and also senatorial candidate for New York.
This is probably what is going on at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. right now:
Mrs. Clinton stops by the Oval Office to say goodbye to the president.
The president says, "Where are you going?"
"Brooklyn. They're having the Feast of Coney Island Day, and I have to have my picture taken eating a Nathan's hot dog."
"You can't do that. We're entertaining the president of Zanzibar tonight."
"There are no New York votes in Zanzibar."
"You have to stop thinking of your election, Hillary. After all, you are still the first lady of the land."
"I'm doing as much as I can. I took the Boy Scout oath with Troop 42 of Schenectady in the Rose Garden last Wednesday."
"Hillary, people are starting to talk. The Daughters of the American Revolution have complained to me that whenever they want to see you in the East Room you're in Yonkers."
"My campaign staff says I have to take Yonkers if I ever hope to win Scarsdale. You made me launch a new aircraft carrier last month, and I had to cancel a photo op in Southampton."
"But, Hillary, what hurts is that the newspapers don't print your picture unless you're campaigning in New York state. Let's make a deal. For every day you run for office in New York, you give me one day in Washington."
"That would cost me Buffalo."
"Look, Hillary. I'm still president of the United States, and people expect you to stand by your man."
"So what else is new?"
"You know the president of Estonia is coming next week. He especially asked to meet you at the state dinner we're giving for him."
"I'll come for coffee."
"People will notice that you didn't eat the entire dinner."
"I am only human, and I can do just so much."
"What is more important than Estonia?"
"Did you know, Hillary, that at my last press conference they asked me if the country still has a first lady? I told them, as far as I was concerned, that's all you are interested in as long as I am in office."
"My campaign people were very unhappy when you said that. Your answer should have been, 'She's my first lady now, but she will be your first lady next November.' Goodbye. I have to catch the Metroliner."
"When will you be back?"
"Sometime after the Sons of Naples spaghetti dinner in Syracuse."