Washington came out, bowed, shaking his head in modesty at the acclaim. He wore a large button on his lapel that said VIRGINIA is FOR LOVERS. The whole crowd, except for Jim Thorpe, Grover Cleveland Alexander and Josh Gibson, rose to its collective feet, and Teddy Roosevelt embraced Washington and rubbed his head affectionately. It took minutes before the room quieted down enough for Washington to speak. "I don't want to talk long because it's late, and to tell you the truth, which you know I always do, my teeth hurt," he began. "But let me just say that this is a tremendous honor for me and my family, and I want to extend to each and every one of you a great big king-size Mount Vernon thank you."
Then he accepted his plaque from Teddy Roosevelt and took the seat next to Ben Franklin. The crowd came to its collective feet again and began chanting, "You're No. 1, You're No. 1," thrusting forefingers in the air. Texas Guinan came over and asked, "Can I get you boys anything from the bar?"
"I'll have a hot buttered rum," Washington said.
"Make that a deuce, hon," Franklin said.
Judge Landis climbed back up on the bar and said, "Thank you all for coming out tonight. You've been bee-ootiful. And now, to close our ceremonies, will you bring back, please, our No. 1 draft choice at the console, Miss Gladys Goodding." To more applause, Gladys tripped in and took her seat.
"Here's my personal favorite, dedicated to the nicest people in the world, Y-O-U know who," she said, and began to play The Star-Spangled Banner once more. Groaning, the crowd struggled to its collective feet. Washington, Franklin, Revere, Henry and Burr looked around in confusion. "Do they always rise to their collective feet whenever she plays that?" Washington asked.
"Beats me," said Franklin.