Tuesday, May 3, 2011

One-man show

"What had begun with some of the most spectacular and terrifying images of destruction ever captured on film ended with a lone man speaking against the backdrop of a long and empty hallway. To assert order and reclaim the power of the state, [President] Obama had to embody it in a way that recalled the regal precedents on which the American presidency is based. A primitive story line required a primitive ending, one great man taking down another." (Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, "Bin Laden’s impact on U.S. culture")

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