Thomas Jefferson was out riding with some young men when they came across a Kentuckian seated on the bank of a swollen stream. The Kentuckian waited until everyone but Jefferson had entered the stream, then asked the latter to take him across. Jefferson agreed.
When the Kentuckian reached the opposite bank, one of the young men asked, "What made you let the young men pass and ask that gentleman to carry you over the creek?" "Well," said the Kentuckian, "I reckon a man carries yes or no in his face. The young chaps' faces said no, the old one's said yes." "It isn't every man that would have asked the president of the United States for a ride behind him," said the young man. The Kentuckian was astonished. "You don't say that was Tom Jefferson, do you?" Then he added: "I voted for the right man!"*