Yes, I paraphrase, or possibly am reading too much into the subtext. Still, hope springs eternal, nu?
There’s no telling what might happen now that Barack Obama and George W. Bush find themselves taking a long Air Force One flight from Washington to Johannesburg to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela. But history suggests something will.
Historic funerals have a way of concentrating the minds of the men and women who make history. They’ve already had to plan their own funerals in uncomfortably vivid detail: Who comes, who speaks, where will all the satellite trucks park, do they want to be buried near their home or at their presidential library to be sure the pilgrims keep on coming?
As they write their eulogies for their fellow titans, they can’t help but imagine their own, review their challenges, hype their accomplishments, hide their regrets. These uncommon occasions to get together, if nothing else, are an opportunity to forgive.
Problem with that is, Barack Obama doesn’t think that there’s a thing to he has learn from George W Bush. Which is a shame, because W has quite a bit he could teach the man. Particularly the arcane skill of how to get things done when Congress is controlled by the opposition party, which is a problem that Obama has yet to fully experience.