Writing Life: Maureen Dowd on our Recent Presidents

Every so often I come across a sentence from a fine writer that hits the nail on the head far better than thousands of words might do. Here it is, from the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd in her eulogy for Bush 41:

If the Clintons are the careless Tom and Daisy Buchanan and Barack Obama is a Camus-like figure of existential estrangement and Donald Trump is a flimflam man out of “Huckleberry Finn,’’ H.W. was Bertie Wooster, an airy WASP propelled to the top by the old boys’ network.”


The whole piece is worth reading, but just this sentence alone will roll around in my mind all day. Why can’t I come up with sentences like that? 🙂

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