|Miami Man Tries To Spoil
Former presidents Clinton and Bush enjoy complimentary boat ride
Miami tavern owner Vince Gonzales is being held on $20,000 bond after attempting to charge well known presidents Bill Clinton and George HW Bush for cocktails consumed at his establishment earlier today. Gonzales, a recent immigrant from Cuba, claimed that he was not aware that it was Presidents Day, and did not realize that all former presidents are entitled to drink free on the public holiday.
"Ignorance of the law is no excuse." said arresting officer Bill Paxton, who was the first policeman on the scene at the Happy Flamingo. "Can you imagine these two great Americans walking into a bar - not just on Presidents Day, but any day, for Christ sake - and being charged? If you got any sense at all, you hustle up a camera and take a few pictures".
Clinton took the incident in stride. "I've lost a lot of weight, so it's possible the man didn't recognize me. And George was wearing shades. But after we showed him our presidential IDs, that should have been the end of it".
"My friend is being overly charitable," said Bush. "After all we've done for the country, we should at least be entitled to a couple beers".
©2005, Mark Hoback