One day a "Jamhour" fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up -- mechanic, businessman, salesman, doctor, lawyer, and so forth. But little Elie was being uncharacteristically quiet, so when the teacher prodded him about his father, he replied, "My father's an exotic dancer in cabarets and takes off all his clothes in front of other men and they put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is really good, he will go home with some guy and make love with him for money." The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some exercises and then took little Elie aside to ask him, "Is that really true about your father?" "No," the boy said, "He works at the presidential palace in Baabda and helped re-elect Emile Lahoud, but I was too embarrassed to say that in front of the other kids."