Lisa wins the local competition of an essay contest, earning the family a trip to Washington, D.C. for the finals. Lisa sees Bob Arnold (her own representative) taking a bribe. Disgusted, she changes her previous uplifting essay into a cynical one denouncing corruption in government in general and Bob Arnold in particular.
Did You Know?
The banner that reads "Brevity is... wit" is a reference to a line in Hamlet where Polonius says: "brevity is the soul of wit". The joke is that the banner is applying greater wit by increasing the brevity of the original Shakespeare line. Even funnier, as noted in the banner, the event is sponsored by "Reading Digest", an allusion to Reader's Digest, which abridges popular books for its readers. See more
is shown in the Oval Office sitting at the Resolute desk. Bush never used this desk, and instead used the C&O desk, a walnut desk without a front panel. See more
Lisa, I'm Faith Crowley, Patriotism editor of Reading Digest.
Oh I love your magazine. My favorite section is "How to increase your word power." That thing is really, really, really... good.
The Deficit Rag
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