Two notes on Wade Goodwyn’s Morning Edition report from the Ft. Hood memorial service. First:
As the mourners walked away under a brilliant Texas sky, their mood did not match the weather.
It’s embarrassing enough that he was contemplating a clichéd “their faces were as overcast as the sky” transition at all. But when the weather doesn’t cooperate, “whatever, we’ll just flip it” is not an acceptable strategy. Second, I can just barely imagine some reporter, with the right reading, managing to sell freshman comp treacle like this:
Their books are pockmarked with pictures of young men, handsome and brave, whose children never knew them, whose mothers’ and fathers’ barely tolerable pain is forever concealed beneath a cloak of patriotism and devotion to country.
…but it really doesn’t work when you actually recite it in the monotone of a bored freshman reading last night’s comp homework. I understand that it’s hard to do justice to events like these, but you guys could at least act like you’re trying.