Scene: it is 2020. The scene fades up in a DNC/Biden campaign office, in the middle of the 2020 presidential race.
A group of democratic party operatives is sitting in a crowded, messy campaign office, with video screens silently relaying the news all around them.
Operative 2: “OK, we are clear on this; rebuilding the economy from this pandemic is going to be a huge issue.“
Operative 1 (the campaign Manager): “That is why the “American Phoenix“ program, the presidents plan for what he will do about the economy after he’s elected, will be so important“.
Operative 3: “So we’ve gone over with the president exactly how he supposed to message this plan?”
Operative 4: “We’ve been rehearsing it every waking hour”
(Operatives 2-4 chuckle)
Intern: (Walks into the room, holding a TV remote, looking nervous) “Sir? Senator Biden is on television right now…)”
Operative 1: “Right? He’s supposed to be, isn’t he“ (Other operatives vigorously nod)
Intern: (points remote at television monitor, clicks a button) “I think you need to see this, sir…”
Candidate Biden (on video) “… my Build Back Better plan will put Americans back to work…“
(All of the operatives blanche)
Operative 4: “what the…“
Operative 1: “How the hell did he get from American Phoenix to… what did he say?“
Operative 2: “build… Better… I have no idea.“
Operative 3: “What?“ Operative 1: “Well, I’ll be; he actually was too senile to remember “American Phoenix“.
Operative 2: “so what do we do?“
Operative 1: “Well, he’s sort of made the decision for us. American phoenix is now… Better… Build now? What was it?
Operative 3: “back build…“
Operative 4: “I have no idea“.
Intern: (Silently rewinds the video)