Magazine April 20, 2009, Issue

The Bent Pin

President Barack Obama waves to the crowd before giving his inaugural address during the inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., January 20, 2009. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Marry in Haste, Repent at Leisure

As the Obama administration enters its third month I keep thinking of an old rhyming joke. It’s about an absent-minded girl who, being incapable of remembering her mistakes long enough to learn from them, gets herself into unbelievable dilemmas, each one worse than the last. I don’t remember the details but the punchline is running through my head:

“Oh, my goodness! What have I done? I married the father instead of the son!”

America has awakened next to Obama, and if he’s said to be grumpy in the morning, we are grumpier. It’s been less than 100

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