Friday, May 22, 2009

As captured by The Washington Times’ videographer and lady-on-the-scene Liz Glover, Robin Williams has a few ideas for more Washington-based follow-ups to “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” which opens in area theaters this weekend. You kid, Mr. Williams; we dream.

1. Night at the White House — Presidential portraits come alive, and all the nation’s former executives duke it out over thorny historical questions. Abraham Lincoln confronts Thomas Jefferson over slavery; George Washington buttonholes Franklin D. Roosevelt about staying on the job too long; Richard Nixon gets down on his knees one more time to pray with Henry A. Kissinger.

2. Night at the Supreme Court — Landmark injustices such as the Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson rulings come back to haunt the majestic building in the form of monstrous protesters and picketers. In a thrilling climax, Al Gore emerges to claim his rightful place in “Night at the White House.”

3. Night at the Treasury Department — Understaffed and vexed by events, Timothy F. Geithner meets a reanimated Alexander Hamilton, who bears more bad news: “I knew Alexander Hamilton. I am Alexander Hamilton. You’re no Alexander Hamilton!”

4. Night at Nationals Park — The series shifts gears to incorporate sports as well as world history. With the Washington Nationals taking part, however, the “living dead” theme remains.

5. Night at the National Archives — Ben Stiller meets Nicholas Cage in a battle royal with the “National Treasure” franchise.

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