Monday, April 28, 2003

The Great Commoner predicts

Colby's mention of William Jennings Bryan reminds me of his failed 1900 prediction that he would be elected President. He was making a campaign speech during that election, notes Jane O'Boyle in her book Wrong Again!, when he said:

"Friends, tonight my little wife will be going to sleep in a cramped little hotel room on the other side of town, but come next March, she'll be sleeping in the White House!"

O'Boyle adds that after he said this, some wag in the crowd yelled out, "Well, if she does, she'll be sleeping with McKinley because he's gonna win!"