All Apologies

The United States has one wretched president--and 6,000 ways to feel sorry about

And finally there is forgiveness, ping-ponged from all ports, telling the apologists that their messages have been received, reminding them to keep the faith. There are sweet salutations, such as "Hey, Canada, can I come crash on your couch for the next four years?," "Wanna go get a beer sometime?," "Love," "XOXOX." And then there is Ervin from Hungary: "They say apologizing is not a matter of self-abasement, but a matter of pride. You are the best examples of the truth behind these words."

And so, Thanksgiving 2005. The morning papers, year in review:

All agree that the end of the Iraq, Iran, and Syria wars came in large part from the Sorry Everybody movement, which started as a website but whose creativity fed on its own creativity and soon grew into a benefit album, a hit Broadway musical, and a chain of vegetarian restaurant/music clubs. It is no overstatement to say that, much like the Vietnam War protests of the '60s and '70s, was the beginning of a new way of thinking and doing things.

The tipping point officially came when President Bush posed on the White House lawn in a T-shirt that read, "My Bad. Father, forgive me. I will now go clean up the mess I made."

Jim Walsh can be reached at 612.372.3775 or .

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