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First Lady

Dreamed 2008/7/2 by Alder

This is just the tail end of a long night of complicated dreams. I woke up and fell back asleep and dreamt this:

I'm the President's wife, visiting relatives back home. It's crowded and busy, chaotic. Like a fair--contests, pies, a big clothing swap. Is it a 4th of July celebration?

I get tired and go in the house and fall asleep, and have a dream-within-the-dream.

The President's been killed.

As First Lady, I'm next in the line of succession. But I don't WANT to be President! Then I realize that I could simply refuse the position. There will be great pressure not to, but if I'm stubborn I can abdicate. After all, the Vice President is next in line...

...and he's Bill Clinton. He'd be delighted to take the job!

I "wake," troubled by the dream. What if it's real? I'd better call and warn my husband to take precautions. I find an old phone with a long coiled cord, and walk into a hallway, stretching the cord out. I can't remember the White House number, so I just punch digits at random, starting with 5. The number doesn't really matter; I know I'll get through.

"White House here" says the secretary on the other end of the line. I'm curiously formal, saying "This is Mrs. ___" instead of "It's Alder" or "It's the First Lady." I start to explain I had a dream warning of a possible assassination attempt on my husband... but there's an excited commotion in a room off the hallway, distracting me.

I peer through the doorway, and see a bare room; just carpet and a desk and a big antique open-tub washing machine sitting on the rug, starting its cycle. Whoever was oohing and aaahing at the washer is gone. In front of the machine are half a dozen brilliantly colored plastic tubs, from red through the spectrum to violet, in rainbow order. Transparent plastic tubes connect them all, and soapy water's flowing from tub to tub (and dripping on the carpet). Is it some kind of filtration system?

I'm so distracted and bewildered by this lurid machinery that I can't tell the White House secretary a coherent story. I try a couple of times and wake, still having failed to warn my husband...



On the morning of July 3rd, as soon as I woke up and wandered out into the kitchen of our co-op house, Alder told me this dream. I was shocked.

You see, I've been reading Gore Vidal's historical novel LINCOLN, and late last night, for no reason, I jumped ahead from page 200 to the end. Vidal's last line speculates that Lincoln took few precautions against assassination out of guilt over the war--that he accepted death as an atonement. I had already known that two weeks before his death, Lincoln dreamed he'd be assassinated. I flipped back until I found that passage in the book, and then went to bed...

To wake up to Alder's story of a warning dream of a Presidential assassination!

--Chris Wayan

LISTS AND LINKS: presidential dreams - dream advice and warnings - dreams within dreams - focus (and distractability) - pseudo-psychic dreams (in which the proof/context turns out to have been a dream too) - apparently genuine psychic dreams - apparent telepathy - the irrepressable Bill again, in Kate's dream A Clintonian Affair - more dreams of/by Alder - Lincoln's dream of his own assassination -

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