The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Politicians in Action #43

Bill Clinton asks, "You want a piece of me?"


Fred said...

Bubba would make an incredible before and after, and you could use this pic and one just 8 years later. But then, the same could probably be said for anyone who ever served as US President during the post war era, except for maybe Ronald Reagan (who didn't seem to carry the weight of the job like others) or Gerald Ford (who was in there for so few years, it probably didn't matter). Even Obama is sporting more grey hairs, and it hasn't even been a full year yet.

Greg said...

Fred, the worst I ever remember was Carter who aged twenty or so years in just four. Reagan aged more than you remember though but not nearly as bad as some others. And check out George W. Bush. I saw a picture of him in 2000 the other day and was shocked how much younger he looked.

Fred said...

The job did take a toll on Carter, especially during 1979 to 1980. With Clinton, I remember meeting him as a strong, hale and hearty fellow in the spring of 1992. When he left in 2001, he looked old and weak, with a very bad heart condition. Regardless of your political views, you have to have some empathy for the rigors that the office puts a man through.

Will said...

What holiday gives 8 days of BJs?
Hanukkah Lewinsky!

Baden-Joost said...

Reagan didn't look that much older because he was ancient when he got elected. He was heavy into the makeup and hair color BEFORE he got there.

But I agree, the job takes a heavy toll, and Obama's got the biggest mess to clean up of all of them.