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George W. Bush thought it would be a good idea if he could get a better feel for the top job by sleeping in the Lincoln Bedroom.

On the first night he was awakened by George Washington's ghost.... "George...what is the best thing I could do to help the country?" Mr. Bush asked.

"Set an honest and honorable example, just as I did," advised Washington.

With all the excitement, Mr. Bush couldn't sleep well and the next night the ghost of Thomas Jefferson moved through the dark bedroom. "Tom, what is the best thing I could do to help the country?" he asked.

"Cut taxes and reduce the size of the government," advised Jefferson.

Mr. Bush still couldn't sleep well and the next night he saw another figure moving in the shadows. It was Abraham Lincoln's ghost. "Abe, what is the best thing I could do to help the country?", he asked.

Abe replied, "Go to the theater!"
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