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Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendableóif there is any moral excellence and if there is any praiseódwell on these things. (Philippians 4:8 HCSB)

Very high up on our Tivo priority list is the Apprentice.  For some reason, we, like many other Americans canít wait to hear the Donald give someone the cobra hand and say, ďYouíre fired!Ē During a January 2005 episode, a contestant asked Mr. Trump about the truthfulness of an urban legend thatís been floating from one email box to another since 1996.  As the story goes, a stranger stops to change the flat on a Limo, not knowing who was in it.  When asked, Trump gladly allowed the Good Samaritan to change the tire.  All the man wanted in return was for Trump to send his wife some flowers.  Trump did more than that; along with the flowers was a note that said he and Ivana paid off their mortgage for them.  After a slight hesitation, Trump  told the contestant that the story was true.

A few things troubled me about the story.  One was Trumpís hesitation.  The only reason I could think of why a person would hesitate to answer that questions would be out of modesty.  The Donald is a lot of things, but modest?  Come on, I donít think so.  Then I wondered what limo driver would be able to keep a job who didnít know how to change a flat?  Since time is money, Iím sure Trump wouldnít appreciate a slacker driver who hesitated even for a moment. 

 And then there is the fact that the manís name isnít mentioned, and that the original story was traced back to Trumpís media people and that there are various versions of the story, one happening in Michigan when he was with Ivana, and the other in New Jersey with Marla.

Now Iím not going to say that Trump wasnít telling the truth, but I had enough suspicion that he wasnít to check it out at snopes.com, a website dedicated to exposing urban legends as false or verifying that they are true.  You can see what they said about this one at http://www.snopes.com/luck/trump.htm later.  But for now, let me just say, donít believe everything you see and hear.  Before we can dwell on the truth, we have to know what is true, and what isnít.

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