Betrayal, the Election of 1800
A play by Bert Brun
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BETRAYAL. THE ELECTION OF 1800.
Act One, Scene 1.
January 1800. President John Adams and his vice president Thomas Jefferson, at the still unfinished White House, in Washington, DC.
Adams. I daresay neither of us will be sorry to throw off this yoke we now share, Thomas.
Jefferson. I must admit the last four years have been tedious.
Adams. For me, serving eight years under Old Muttonhead was an eternity, while Washington reveled in his glorious top role. The vice president’s office is the most insignificant invention that ever the mind contrived. And as for his suppliant Congress, I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a Congress.