An Ominous Fog from Foggy Bottom

by Derrick G. Jeter

Have you noticed the thick fog coming from Foggy Bottom—the area around Washington D.C.? Not a literal fog, mind you, but one created by all the hot air emanating from the Capitol and the White House?


Less than one hundred days into a new administration and Congress and there has already been gale force verbiage coming out both end of Pennsylvania Avenue. But all the talk hasn’t cleared away the fog the American people find themselves in, especially the fog of economic uncertainty. In fact, the warm air that has arisen from Congress and the President has created the pea soup we find ourselves in. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), for the American public our leaders find themselves lost trying to follow their own tracks and backtracks; they are bumping into one another and saying it’s the other guy’s fault. Observing what’s going on in Washington these days is like watching slapstick. The only difference between the politicians in Washington and, say, the Three Stooges, is though the Stooges rarely got anything right and always left a wake of destruction, they were at least funny—the shtick in Washington, not so much.


I admit I’m not sure which is worse—having the fog lift, leaving the way clear for Congress and the President to take a sharp left turn, or hoping the fog remains and gambling that they don’t run the county in a ditch or off the cliff.


But perhaps I shouldn’t be so pessimistic, certainly our leaders will find their way through this ominous fog to brighter tomorrows. So I resolve, in the future to adopt Peggy Noonan’s attitude:


Luckily for us our congressmen and senators are smart as Einstein, virtuous as Mother Teresa, knowledgeable as Henry Kissinger plus Fareed Zakaria times Alexander Solzhenitsyn, and wise as Solomon.


Oh wait.1




1. Peggy Noonan, Patriotic Grace: What It Is and Why We Need It Now (New York: Collins, 2008), 135.