I’ve been sick in bed for the last couple of days, but I’ve been on duty monitoring Inaugural Cliches….
There are many, but one particular Cliche Non-Question (good for a groan everytime I hear it) is way ahead of all the others. It has of course to be asked in tones that are suitably hushed and deferential.
It is this: the interviewer asks the interviewee about Barack’s Inauguration:
“Did you ever think…that you would live…to see this day?”
[The Answer, by the way, –if you haven’t guessed– has to be: “No.” ]
By the way, to “Did you ever think…?” you can add, “…in your wildest dreams…” or some such, but –for cliche purposes, it counts as the same basic question.
I myself have come up with an alternative answer: To “Did you ever think…that you would live…to see this day?”, I propose –if asked– to answer:
“Well…yes and no. I did think I would live to see the day, but I thought it was going to be next Tuesday!”
Feel free to use it –with or without credit.