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November 9, 2008

Your Turn: November 5, 2008. 12:15 A.M.


Matt Mendelsohn’s NYT op-ed piece: Memorial Day. / Matt Mendelsohn’s own post: “Lincoln Memorial, 11/5/08, 12:15 AM.”

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It’s the image I thought best captured this historic and deeply emotional week.

There are all so many allusions here. Just a couple things that struck me: I could see this as Norman Rockwell’s “Obama victory” cover. I also thought of the Roosevelt tie — not just people coming together to hear a fireside chat but for the leadership out of the depression. And then: “With malice toward none; with charity for all.”

I invite your reactions.

(image: Matt Mendelsohn. Washington. November 5, 2008)

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