A man’s walking down the street, not paying attention, and he falls in a hole. ‘
He’s down in the bottom of the hole when he sees his physician walking by. He yells up at the physician, “Hey, Doc, I’m stuck down here in the bottom of this hole. Is there any way you can help me out?” The doctor writes a prescription and throws it down to him and walks away.
A little while later his pastor walks by and the man yells up at the pastor, “Hey, Pastor, I’m stuck down here in this hole. Is there any way you can help me out?” The pastor stops and writes a prayer on a piece of paper and throws it down to him.
Sometime later the man’s friend walks by the hole. The man yells up, “Hey, George, I’m stuck down here in the bottom of this hole. Is there any way you can help me out?” The friend jumps down into the hole.
The man says, “George, you stupid idiot, now we’re both stuck in this hole.”
“No, we're not,” says George, "I’ve been in this hole before. I know the way out.”
My version of a story told on The West Wing, Season 2, Episode 10.