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.
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.
'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 (Crown).