Two Fables and a Riddle

President Obama was so proud of the changes he has made to America that he wanted to show them to the nation's Founding Fathers. So he had their coffins dug up and opened. But the Founders couldn't see anything because all of them were lying face down.

President Obama dreamed that he died and was instantly greeted by the spirits of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin, Mao Tse-tung and other leading socialists.

"How wonderful to meet you!" Obama cried. "Where do we go from here?"

In reply, Marx led him to a shining golden door and flung it open. Obama gasped at a blast on unbearable heat and the shrieks of condemned souls writhing it pools of fire. Above them towered Satan grinning with sadistic glee.

"How can we be here," Obama asked, "when we spent our whole lives trying to bring about the Workers' Paradise?"

"My dear naïve friend," Marx sighed. "This is our Workers' Paradise."

Q: What does Obama have in common with the Roman Emperor Nero?

A: They both played the lyre while their civilizations burned.