Peter Robinson had been a speech writer for Ronald Reagan.
Kathryn Jean Lopez interviewed him for the National Review Magazine, 12-23-2003.
Lopez: What’s your most treasured life lesson inspired by RWR?
Robinson: That one’s easy. The pony in the dung heap. It was Reagan’s favorite joke.
Worried that their son was too optimistic, the parents of a little boy took him to a psychiatrist. Trying to dampen the boy’s spirits, the psychiatrist showed him into a room piled high with nothing but horse manure. Yet instead of displaying distaste, the little boy clambered to the top of the pile, dropped to all fours, and began digging.
“What do you think you’re doing?” the psychiatrist asked.
“With all this manure,” the little boy replied, beaming, “there must be a pony in here somewhere!”