Stage 1: "LOL, is he trying it?"Stage 2: "Oh, for real? He's actually trying it."Stage 3: "Do you see this man trying it?"Stage 4: "Bill! Don't try it with me today!"Stage 5: CLAP. CLAP. CLAP. CLAP.
President Bill Clinton hitched a ride to Jerusalem on Air Force One with President Barack Obama but when it was time to take off and go home one POTUS decided to take his sweet time saying his goodbyes.
This video is the best thing I've seen all day. Is anyone surprised that Bill Clinton is that person who needs to have 55 very important conversations before he can leave any place? And is anyone surprised that Barack Obama is that person who's 100 percent done the minute he decides to leave?
President Obama hasn't been on the plane 10 seconds and his tie is already loosened and his jacket is off. He probably doesn't even have his shoes on anymore. Walking around the tarmac in black socks with gold toes.
Call him Kelly Clarkson because he is already gone.
President Clinton is that kid who has to personally hug every swing goodbye before leaving the playground.
President Obama is that Dad About Town who leaves in the middle of the Electric Light Parade at Disney World so he can warm up the car.
President Clinton is that person who goes from room to room in his dorm on the last day of Freshman year giving every person a personalized note. There are frequent breaks to hug, cry, watch YouTube videos and eat things.
President Obama is that parent who comes to pick you up on the last day of Freshman year and texts "Can't find a space; circling the block. Meet me outside. Bring your stuff."
The clapping is what puts it over the top.
Where do Dads learn this? What is the thinking behind this? "Maybe if he hears a beat his feet will start to move." Dad exasperation is the most hilarious thing in the world. But don't tell dads that. It will just annoy them.
President Obama goes through all the stages of Dad exasperation.
Stage 1: "LOL, is he trying it?"
Stage 2: "Oh, for real? He's actually trying it."
Stage 3: "Do you see this man trying it?"
Stage 5: CLAP. CLAP. CLAP. CLAP.
Who even knows why President Obama is in such a rush? When a Dad About Town is on his way home there's no rhyme or reason. Maybe he's really eager to see who got voted off Dancing with the Stars. Maybe he's been dreaming about that leftover meatloaf in the Air Force One fridge all day and he can't wait to heat it up in the microwave and prop his feet up. Maybe he wants to take a nap.
All we know is that Dad About Town President Obama is ready to go.
President Obama is all of us three minutes before we ghost from a party. President Obama is totally that person who surreptitiously orders an Uber and then does a half wave and rolls out the door.
Meanwhile, President Clinton is that person who has a 6-hour conversation in the corner with three Ph.D candidates he just met and looks up at 2 a.m. to find an empty apartment. He's like "Oh, wow! Where did the time go? Anyway, you saying about relativity? Wait, have you seen my friend? Oh, I'm sure it's fine. He's around here somewhere. Who's apartment is this, by the way?"
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R Eric Thomas is a Senior Staff Writer at ELLE.com, home of his daily humor column "Eric Reads the News," which skewers politics, pop culture, celebrity shade, and schadenfreude. He is also the author of _Here For It: How to Save Your Soul in America, a memoir-in-essays.
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