After eight long years, we have a president, de jure and de facto: one legally, and constitutionally elected and installed. Now, will the United States rejoin the comity and the community of states around the world ?
What of the early outlaw part of this century? Will this be the legacy? The die has been cast, and the pages writ.
Yesterday a group of Mainers led a peaceful protest, in front of the Executive Mansion, whereat about forty pairs of shoes were tossed. They were, symbolically, tossed at the departing occupier. Earlier, a large balloon caricature, in DuPont Circle was pummelled with footwear, satirically recalling, and combining two events from Baghdad. There is a jovial, carnival atmosphere in the District waiting for the return of Democracy.
A touch of black comedy, in the movie, It's a Wonderful Life, the character of Henry F. Potter, portrayed by Lionel Barrymore, was the wheelchaired villain. That part is being played by Darth Cheney, to-day.