Dowd: Bring in Obama's Cleaning Crew

Obama can restore the capital's brilliance, writes Times columnist
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2008 8:11 AM CST
Supporters of President-elect Barack Obama celebrate near the White House Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008 in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – For Maureen Dowd, the election of Barack Obama means more than just an end to the Bush years; it's a chance for Washington itself to regain its moral standing. Outside the White House on election night—"there was no U-Haul in the driveway"—the New York Times columnist considers the monuments of her hometown, which "have lost their luminescence in recent years," and what an Obama-led capital would look like.

The White House has gone from Clintonite "Motel 1600" to Bush-era bunker, and other places have been similarly sullied: the National Archives holds a redacted Constitution, the Lincoln Memorial looks absurd after "the black neighborhoods of a charming American city were left to drown while the president mountain-biked." Obama might not be up to the task of rebuilding Washington, Dowd admits. But if he is, "he may be heading for his own monument one day."