Phil and Rosco sit in a living room. Phil is reading a newspaper, while Rosco is setting up the board game Mousetrap.
PHIL: Hmmm, well what do you know? Apparently, George Washington borrowed two books from a New York Library and never returned them.
PHIL: Yeah. In 1789, which is the year he became president, he borrowed “Law of Nations,” a dissertation on international relations, and a volume of debate transcripts from Britain’s House of Commons, and never returned them.
PHIL: He didn’t even sign his name. Just put down “President”.
PHIL: I don’t know how to feel about this.
ROSCO: Well if the sonofabitch became the first president of America that year, he probably thought he could do whatever the fuck he wanted. Still, he was so honorable or whatever, that all he could manage to do was not return some free books.
PHIL: I wonder if he felt guilty afterwards.
ROSCO: (in a low gruff voice) You know what, Martha? I ain’t fuckin returning these. (in a high-pitched voice) I don’t know George – (in a low gruff voice) No, fuck it. I’m the President; the library can suck my dick.
PHIL: I think his behavior set the bar pretty low for those to follow.
ROSCO: I think this has been a big fucking government secret. Someone definitely lost their job and/or life over letting this little factoid slip out to the public.
PHIL: (chuckling) National Treasure 3: The Lost Tomes of GW
ROSCO: And the BIGGER secret is that presidents have been taking books ever since then, and that is how the Library of Congress really started.
Pause. Phil slowly puts down his paper, wide-eyed.
PHIL: (softly) Oh shit . . .that makes intuitive sense.
ROSCO: We’re through the looking glass, Phil. We need to watch our backs.
They each tentatively look around the room, waiting to see if something happens. When nothing does, they go back to what they were doing. Pause.
ROSCO: I bet all they were looking for was porn.
PHIL: For sure.