In the immediate days after the U.S. presidential election, the New Republic convened “five leading historians and political observers” to discuss President Obama’s threatened legacy. A lengthy transcript of that discussion appeared in the magazine’s postelection print issue, accompanied by a full-page photograph of the president bathed in radiant white light.
I was not the logical person from the Washington Free Beacon to cover a Beatles jam session. That would have been Matthew Walther, who has written at length about the Fab Four and looks like its lost fifth member from the Sergeant Pepper phase. I look more like—if I may say—a Beach Boy at his most wholesome.