I think your response should have been "for $xx I'll lean any direction you want"
When I was growing up in Texas, we had a story about LBJ starting out as a history teacher. During his interview the principal asked him "Who won the Civil War". LBJ's response was "You tell me. North or South winning, I can teach it however you want."
Of course if the story were true, the principal would have inquired about The War of Northern Agression