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When the president of the United States is just a lowly spectator

Writers love to derive metaphors from the slightest provocation, but honestly, I could live and write to be 100 and never again be served up a metaphor as apt or as chilling as the sight this weekend of Bush as a lonely face in the crowd at Beijing, a mute, clapping spectator to grand opera of dazzling pyrotechnics both of the gunpowder and the human variety, and at the very same moment half a world away, our race's ceaseless capacity for inhumanity. For four non-stop days, Bush put a dazed human face on the powerlessness that he and his cohorts, especially Dick Cheney manning the levers back at home, have brought to a once-awesome office.

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