D: Hey Carlo.
C: Hey Dio. How’re you?
D: Good. How’re you?
C: I’m running for president in 2020.
D: Hadn’t heard.
C: It’s a secret.
C: I’m going to announce the day before the election.
D: I see.
C: By then people are so tired of the whole thing, they vote for me.
D: Why wouldn’t they just stay home?
C: They have an obligation to vote.
D: Do they?
C: I don’t know. What do you think about that?
D: Some people think you do, some people think you don’t.
C: What do you think?
D: I think you don’t.
C: Why not?
D: Nobody can make you do anything.
C: Obligation isn’t a matter of coercion. It’s a matter of duty.
D: What’s the difference?
C: I don’t know what you mean.
D: Obligation is a sort of moral or social coercion. So is duty.
C: So you’re forced to do it even if you’re not forced.
D: No one takes you to court if you don’t vote.
C: Yet you feel you ought to do it.
D: Do you think you’ll win?
C: Win what?
D: The presidency.
C: Joe Biden says anyone could beat this guy.
D: Can you?
C: Only if I keep it a secret.
D: Your candidacy?
C: That’s right. You have to take people by surprise.
D: That’s what our current president did.
C: He took people by surprise?
D: That’s right.
C: That’s why no one wants to run against him.
D: Everybody wants to run against him.
C: Not really. They’re just pretending.
D: Pretending what?
C: Pretending they want to be president.
D: Don’t they?
C: No one wants to be president.
D: Why not?
C: It’s the worst job in the world.
D: Why do people work so hard to get the job?
C: You got me. I won’t go to any trouble at all.
D: But you’ll get the job anyway.
C: That’s right.
D: What if you lose?
C: Nobody will know.
D: Why not?
C: That will be a secret, too.
D: God bless us, every one.
C: God bless you, too, Dio.