"Thanks for coming Professor Krugman. I appreciate the disguise; you make a convincing janitor."
"No problem Mr. President. I don't understand the secrecy though. Everyone knows I'm a critic, why all the mystery?"
"Well Paul, if this were the usual consultation, there'd be no need for deniability. This is different. What I'm going to tell you now can never be repeated. In fact, nobody will be able to show you were ever here. All records of this visit have been removed."
"Well, I'm all ears. What's up?"
"I think you need to know the truth. Sure, you know I've been using you. You know the GOP hates you Paul; if you don't like me that helps with [censored] "independents".
Don't look so shocked Paul. You need to hear this.
The truth is that I think you're right. Yeah, sure, you're an academic, but you're closer to the mark than anyone else."
"But ... but... then why don't you push for more deficit funding? Why leave Bernanke to twist in the wind?"
"Well Paul, have you looked at Congress lately? They're worse than dull, they're delusional. It's not just them, the voters are even worse. Have you seen many think I was born in Kenya, or who think Osama died ten years ago, or who don't believe CO2 has anything to do with climate?
Truth is Paul, we're not smart enough for neo-Keynsian economics. We won't save a surplus, and we won't spend against a deficit. We're just not that smart. Come on Paul, admit it. You must see it too."
"I ... I ... I always wanted to believe, to believe people were better ... if only I could show them ... I ... *sob* ..."
"There, there Paul. Don't feel so bad. It's just the way it is. At least you don't have to get elected.
I've got to go now. I need to stop the GOP from destroying the world economy, we've got a hit squad closing on Zawahiri, and I need to ask Hawaii to release a notarized copy of my birth certificate ..."