LINKED: From over at American Power.
White House Intercom: Bart Stupek to see you sir. Again.
Barack Obama: [mumbles under breath] Ah, crap. [Out loud] Sure, send him in.
Bart Stupek: Mr. President, sir. I don't mean to bother you again but it's about that Executive Order you promised me. A week ago.
Barack Obama: Hmmmm.
Bart Stupek: [awkward pause] Aaaand I couldn't help but notice that there's some paper on your desk with the official letterhead on it. I could use the political cover in my district.
Barack Obama: Uh huh.
Bart Stupek: I have an election coming up and I can really use that Order to show my constituents that I am serious about being a Pro-Life Democrat.
Barack Obama: I see.
Bart Stupek: So, if you don't mind that is, can you go ahead and sign that? I couldn't help but notice there is some official letterhead in the printer. Is there any way you can print that out and sign it for me?
Barack Obama: Yes, it is. But you see, Bart. I am fresh out of pens. It's not a real Executive Order without my signature on it. I used up my supply of them last Tuesday at the signing ceremony.
Bart Stupek: But I brought a pen with me. Right here in my pock--
Barack Obama: But it's not a official Presidential pen, is it? It's a respect for the integrity of the office sort of thing.
Bart Stupek: Respect? But you're sitting in the Oval Office in a Bob Marley tee-shirt, cut-offs and a month's worth of fingernail clippings piled on the Resolute Desk.
Barack Obama: Respect is what I say it is.
Bart Stupek: Of course it is, Mr. President. But about that Executive Or--
Barack Obama: Let me be perfectly clear. I will sign that Order as soon as we get those pens delivered.
Bart Stupek: Those pens will be here soon?
Barack Obama: It's the Oval Office. We have to have pens here to operate. Anyway, we did hit a slight snag with the Presidential pens. They've been back ordered.
Bart Stupek: Back ordered? But you're the only person in the world who uses that kind of pen.
Barack Obama: Well, not necessarily back ordered. We've hit our credit limit with the Chinese and they're not accepting our checks either.
Bart Stupek: So what are you going to do?
Barack Obama: I'm having pay up front for them. I've wired the money yesterday. We'll be getting our shipment in about 2 to 4 weeks.
Bart Stupek: [Sounding dejected] Okay. Will you let me know whey then get in?
Barack Obama: Why don't I do this? I'll send Rahm by your office the moment they arrive.
Bart Stupek: Uhh, on second thought. I'll wait. You still remember your pinky promise to me about it, right?
Barack Obama: Absolutely. You don't trifle with something like that.