At this point, he became Tom Sawyer, letting his musical compatriots—and the folk tradition—help paint his musical fence.
Meanwhile, Obama, once considered to be the smartest guy in the room, just keeps on painting Tom Sawyer's fence.
But the same is true of characters who have, as a result of their fame, become icons: Hamlet, Tom Sawyer, Lolita.
The controversy over Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn is in many ways emblematic of the crisis in which publishing finds itself.
He is almost as much a delight to any one who has been a boy as was Tom Sawyer.
Nobody believed in Tom Sawyer as a real person but us—we did.
True lovers of adventure may revel in the masterly narrative of 'Tom Sawyer'.
Then Mitch switched and began to talk about Tom Sawyer again.
And don't you know that there is and never was such a boy as Tom Sawyer?
Any one could see it; and so Tom Sawyer was a real person, and it was proved.