I've been struggling lately to write the introductions to a set of more serious poems. I'll get there, but meanwhile, a brief excursion. President Obama has been showing a hint of passion lately, but for most of his two terms in office, the following clerihew applied:
When Republicans began to whine,
He replied with speeches anodyne.
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