Today it is my pleasure to host an interview I have waited a long time for on Just Jane 1813, an interview with the leader of the free world, President Darcy! Yes, you have read this correctly, Victoria Kincaid has written her first modern JAFF story and it’s based on the American presidency of Mr. Darcy. No longer is politics a “dirty” word, now that our favorite book boyfriend has been elected to the highest office in the land.
Please give a warm welcome to President Darcy:
President Darcy, it’s really an honor to have you here today to talk about your work as the President of the United States of America and to catch up with how you’re handling the responsibilities of this office as the youngest man ever elected to this position.
Thank you for having me, Claudine.
Can you give my viewers some insights into your current work in office and tell us what you’re administration is focusing on at this point in time?
Well, we’re focusing on a number of different initiatives–none involving Twitter, if you were wondering. As you know, the biggest push in my administration is the renewable energy bill. But getting that bill passed will be a long haul. Right now it’s in committee, and no doubt it will go through many evolutions before we’re finished. But it has strong support–including from some Republican legislators–so I’m optimistic. Foreign relations is obviously another critical focus. It’s important to show other nations that the U.S. can be a partner they can trust. That’s the reason I’ve been traveling so frequently–and why I hosted the recent state dinner.
Wow, you really are an impressive young man, and I mean that with no disrespect. Your confidence and ambition are truly an inspiration for the American people.
Thank you, Claudine. I honestly don’t feel all that young. As you know, my parents died when I was in college–and at that point, I not only needed to take over Darcy Industries but also the raising of my sister. It forced me to grow up quickly. Eventually, I felt I could do more good in public service than in the corporate world. That’s when I put Darcy Industries in a blind trust and ran for Senate. Of course, being a senator is a different kind of trial by fire.
I understand you have a long-standing relationship with Charles Bingley, your chief of staff. Can you talk to us about how you met Mr. Bingley and why you think he’s the right man for this position?
Bing and I have been friends since childhood; our families were friends. And, of course, we went to college together. He knows me better than almost anyone, so he’s the perfect person to be my chief of staff. I’ve been told that I’m a bit….distant and formal. Personally, I don’t see that. Although I’m working hard to become more spontaneous. But Bing is personable and unflappable; he’s doing a great job.
I also understand his sister, Caroline, has multiple responsibilities within your administration. Can it be said that you prefer to trust those closest to you and your family, and have you considered a future role within your administration for your sister, Georgiana?
Caroline Bingley works in the communications department under Bob Hilliard. I don’t have a lot of day-to-day contact with her….even if you have heard rumors that she orders around the staff like she’s the First Lady. Such stories are…exaggerated. She just likes to give the staff directions about flower arrangements and china patterns and charitable events…and White House furnishings. It means nothing.
As for Georgiana…I don’t think her ambitions are at all political. She’s studying engineering and really doesn’t like to talk with the media. Her last interview–with the New Yorker–didn’t go well. Georgiana inadvertently revealed that my father’s pet name for my mother was “tulip bulb.” My mother did have rather wide hips.
Mr. President, with all due respect, you have become an object of much speculation due to your status as a single man. Many of us are familiar with the infamous line from Pride & Prejudice, something about a single man in possession of a good fortune being desirous of finding a wife, does this line also represent your feelings as a single man, especially as one of the only single men to take on the responsibilities of the American Presidency?
(Sighs.) I’ve answered this question many times before, Claudine. I don’t know why my single status is quite so fascinating to the press. Personally, I think my speedometer re-calibration program and the organic soil standards initiative are both far more interesting. Look, I wish I had met the right woman before I entered the White House, but I didn’t unfortunately. Dating in office is fraught with all kinds of complications, so I have no plans to look for “that special someone” during my presidency. It’s a full-time job; I don’t need any distractions.
I know that you pride yourself on your noble character and that the American people have often found your honesty as a virtue, especially in regards to your policy work, but I have to ask you if you agreed to today’s interview as part of (Bob Hilliard’s) your administration’s attempts to bolster your image after that disastrous Tweet was posted by Lydia Bennet, who attended a recent White House event and tweeted something she overheard you say about her sister, Elizabeth.
I have vowed to always be honest with the American people and the press. Lydia Bennet was eavesdropping on a private conversation and took my words out of context. And then some of the rumors that cropped up on social media were simply untrue. I never referred to Elizabeth Bennet as “a dessicated elephant corpse” or having the “IQ of a wagon wheel.” I’d like to think I would be able to devise more appropriate insults than those.
The truth is that I really don’t know Elizabeth Bennet very well, but I do have tremendous respect for her work with the Red Cross.
Can we assume that things between you and Ms. Bennet have become more amicable since you were recently seen waltzing together at the Carlisle Ball? Is there a possibility that you may decide to take a wife while you’re serving in the White House, or do you expect to remain single until your term(s) are completed?
Ms. Bennet was kind enough to dance with me at the Carlisle Ball, and we had a pleasant conversation. I apologized to her for any discomfort her sister’s tweet might have occasioned. But, as I said, I barely know the woman. She seems nice. As for the second part of your question, I believe I already answered it. Can we move on to a different topic?
Before I leave this topic, can you share with us how long you’ve been acquainted with the family and how long they have been substantial donors of your candidacy?
I don’t know how long they’ve been donors. You’d have to ask my campaign for that information. I met the family for the first time at the recent state dinner, so I don’t believe they attended any campaign events. My encounter with them at the state dinner was…memorable. I had no idea the family’s company, sold zucchini on-a-stick or lasagna on-a-stick. That information was…unexpected.
What can the American people look forward to in the next several months of your presidency? Any priority issues you’d like to share with us? Perhaps any special policies that involve close involvement with personnel from the Red Cross, wink, wink?
I have no idea what you’re talking about, Claudine. My administration–particularly the State Department and USAID–always works closely with the Red Cross. But I have no personal involvement.
Thank you for this exclusive interview and for giving us the scoop on that infamous tweet. We look forward to watching your personal life, I mean your political career, unfold over the next several months!
I certainly hope you are paying attention to my professional accomplishments, since I have no personal life to speak of. Thank you, Claudine.
I’d like to thank President Darcy for joining us today and encourage my readers to drop him a line in the comments below. Feel free to ask him any questions that you may still have about him or his work in office. (Just remember how touchy he is about his personal life, LOL!)
Want to know more about the book, “President Darcy?” Here’s the book blurb:
President William Darcy has it all: wealth, intelligence, and the most powerful job in the country. Despite what his friends say, he is not lonely in the White House. He’s not. And he has vowed not to date while he’s in office. Nor is he interested in Elizabeth Bennet. She might be pretty and funny and smart, but her family is nouveau riche and unbearable. Unfortunately, he encounters her everywhere in Washington, D.C. — making her harder and harder to ignore. Why can’t he get her out of his mind?
Elizabeth Bennet enjoys her job with the Red Cross and loves her family, despite their tendency to embarrass her. At a White House state dinner, they cause her to make an unfavorable impression on the president, who labels her unattractive and uninteresting. Those words are immediately broadcast on Twitter, so the whole world now knows the president insulted her. Elizabeth just wants to avoid the man—who, let’s admit it, is proud and difficult. For some reason, he acts all friendly when they keep running into each other, but she knows he’s judging her.
Eventually, circumstances force Darcy and Elizabeth to confront their true feelings for each other, with explosive results. But even if they can find common ground, Darcy is still the president—with limited privacy and unlimited responsibilities—and his enemies won’t hesitate to use his feelings for Elizabeth against him.
Can President Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet find their way to happily ever after?
MEET VICTORIA KINCAID
Victoria has a Ph.D. in English literature and has taught composition to unwilling college students. Today she teaches business writing to willing office professionals and tries to give voice to the demanding cast of characters in her head.
She lives in Virginia with an overly affectionate cat, an excessively energetic dog, two children who love to read, and a husband who fortunately is not jealous of Mr. Darcy. A lifelong Austen fan, Victoria has read more Jane Austen variations and sequels than she can count – and confesses to an extreme partiality for the Colin Firth miniseries version of Pride and Prejudice.
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