Waiting For Columna Vertebralis In Obama (Act One)

ESTRAGON: People are bloody ignorant apes.
[He rises painfully, goes limping to extreme left, halts, gazes into distance off with his hand screening his eyes, turns, goes to extreme right, gazes into distance. Vladimir watches him, then goes and picks up the boot, peers into it, drops it hastily.]

VLADIMIR:Pah! [He spits. Estragon moves to center, halts with his back to America].

ESTRAGON: Charming spot. [He turns, advances to front, halts facing America.] Inspiring prospects. [He turns to Vladimir] Let’s go.

VLADIMIR: We can’t.

ESTRAGON: Why not?

VLADIMIR: We’re waiting for him.

ESTRAGON: [despairingly]. Ah! [Pause.] You’re sure it was here?


ESTRAGON: That we were to wait.

VLADIMIR: He said by the tree. [They look at the tree.] Do you see any others?

ESTRAGON: What is it?

VLADIMIR: I don’t know. A willow.

ESTRAGON: Where are the leaves?

VLADIMIR: It must be dead.

ESTRAGON: No more weeping.

VLADIMIR: Or perhaps it’s not the season.

ESTRAGON: Looks to me more like a bush.



VLADIMIR: A—. What are you insinuating? That we’ve come to the wrong place?

ESTRAGON: He should be here.

VLADIMIR: He didn’t say for sure he’d come.

ESTRAGON: And if he doesn’t come?

VLADIMIR: We’ll come back tomorrow.

ESTRAGON: And then the day after tomorrow.

VLADIMIR: Possibly.

ESTRAGON: And so on.

VLADIMIR: The point is—

ESTRAGON: Until he comes.

The promise that we made to the American people has been kept. But we aren’t finished. We’ve got more work to do.

His campaign announcement


  1. DrLeoStrauss says

    Saw a NYRoB with the utterly estimable Frank Rich bloviating on how Obama let ‘us’ down. For the trees that died in vain we weep.

  2. rkka says

    He has demonstrated that the constituency he works for isn’t us. It is the same a one as the rethuglicans work for. The American people need the full impact of the consequences of voting rethuglican (and this includes rethuglican-lites like the DLC and the Blue Dogs).

    That might start a serious effort to save the Republic from its present bipartisan preadatory elites.

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