Mambo the Money Bringer by Matthew Swanenburg

Matthew Swanenburg, Author

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Long ago, in the time of the 1930’s, there was a Great Depression in America. For a decade, Americans lived in poverty, until Theodore Roosevelt, who was the U.S. president at the time, solved it. For decades, Americans have been taught that Roosevelt pulled us out of the Great Depression. But he is taking credit for another man’s work. Rather, he was actually taking credit for a creature’s work. A creature with a panda head, a monkey body, a bat’s wings, a kangaroo’s legs, and a duck’s feet. Now let me take you back to 1930’s to regale you in said creature’s story. The creature’s name? Mambo the Money Bringer.

The year was 1936, and in Washington D.C., President Theodore Roosevelt sat in the White House. He had gone insane and had been sitting in a small room for the past three days. The times he had slept were few and far between. “Lord give me the strength to fight through this. I’ll do anything!” Minutes passed, as Roosevelt sat in complete silence, which stayed undisturbed, until there was a crash at his window. Roosevelt looked out of his window and saw Mambo the Money Bringer. But Roosevelt had not yet learned this creature’s name, or what it was about to do.

“Hello there. My name is Mambo and I have been sensing pain and anger from you for months. Why have you been consumed by all this angst?”

“I need money!” Roosevelt screamed. “I know you’re imaginary, but the people I lead have grown desperate, and I want to help them!” The room grew silent for a moment. And then Mambo spoke.

“I can help you with this. You need money, and I can provide it!” Mambo flew back out of the window, and returned a few seconds later. “Here I have one-million dollars. Count it if you don’t believe me.” Roosevelt looked at the stack of money in awe. “Distribute this money fairly. Hire people to work in the war effort.” Mambo said.

“What war?” Roosevelt rebutted.

“You will get there soon enough.” A couple of years passed and the war began and ended. And the depression ended. Thanks to Mambo the Money Bringer.

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