John Hancock the President of Congress, called Benjamin Franklin aside after The Declaration of Independence had been signed.
Hancock told Franklin in their meeting: “We have an important assignment for you.”
Franklin responded: “I am too old to be a soldier.”
John Hancock corrected him, saying: “No, no, we want you to be our new Minister to France.”
“Oh, that’s all right,” quipped Franklin, “A soldier has to die for his country, but a diplomat only has to lie for his country.”
Benjamin Franklin went on to be a very able and successful representative of the new United States of America.