In the same manner that she handled yesterday’s conference call, Janet White waits until the admiral and both generals are on the line before notifying the president. She has observed over the two years she has been working as the president’s secretary, and always finds it amusing, that admirals and generals particularly dislike being put on hold while waiting for others. Even the president of the United States. She always finds this amazing.
Just before noon she calls into the president and advises him that all three parties are on the line waiting for him to pick up.
“Admiral, generals,” he greets them all, “it’s three weeks since we met last. I’m looking for an update on your strategy presentations.”
Admiral Smith speaks first. “Mr. President, we are looking at your order in two different, and very distinctly different, ways. We are looking at two sets of conditions: a pre-emptive strike and a retaliatory strike. We are also looking at surveillance possibilities which will enable you to reach your executive decision.”
My executive decision – what a smart-ass way of saying the buck stops on your end.