I had a roommate in college who thought that the Wizard of Oz was the greatest movie, story, life lesson, etc. ever made. Someone would say something and he would respond with “That’s like in the Wizard of Oz when the Tin Man……” (My cousin/best friend Mike Raley used to do something similar only he used The Godfather as his point of reference.) The following joke then may or may not have anything to do with why I thought of my former roommate but here goes:
Four U.S. presidents are caught in a tornado that hits a state funeral they’re all attending and are whirled off to Oz. They finally make it to the Emerald City and come before the Great Wizard.
“What brings you before the great Wizard of Oz?”
Jimmy Carter steps forward timidly: “I’ve come for some courage.” ”No problem!” says the Wizard. “Who is next?”
Ronald Reagan steps forward, “Well…I…I think I need a heart.” ”Done,” says the Wizard. “Who comes next before the great and powerful Oz?”
Up steps George W. Bush, who says, “I’m told by the American people that I need a brain.” ”Not a problem!” says the Wizard. “Consider it done.” There is a great silence in the hall.
Bill Clinton is just standing there, looking around, but doesn’t say a word. Irritated, the Wizard finally asks, “What do you want?” ”Ummm,” he says quietly, “is Dorothy around?”