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The Incredible Fading Bush

01/24/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A Miracle for the Season!

Last Christmas, one of my daughters gave me a coffee mug with an image of George W. Bush with devil's horns.

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I used it occasionally over the ensuing months and the image faded slightly from a few trips through the dishwasher, but it was still very clear in October when I took the mug to my office to place on my desk as a conversation piece. It hasn't been washed since.

Then it happened. On or about November 4th, the image of the devilish president began to fade. It has continued to lighten, day-by-day, ever since, at a rate by which the devil Bush will have vanished entirely by January 20th.

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'Tis the season for miracles.

Historian Robert S. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts & Letters at Millsaps College and the author of The Great Depression: America, 1929-1941 (Random House). His latest book is Grand Theft Jesus: The Hijacking of Religion in America 2008-07-01-GTJcoversm.jpg (Crown).