There is probably another universe where s/he was not de facto president of the United States,
but it is not this one.
There are at least two types of draft-dodgers: those who make president and those who make presidents.
It once behooved young American men with presidential aspirations to show they could pull strings and, until recently, conceal the handiwork. (The term of art for this is prestidigitation).
The digital Whitewater House introduced three key players: the Internet; al-Qaeda; the set-up of the ouija board (N T R W T O) with China.
Will Harden at Will
Faulknerian, but lucky. “You can't trust him, he's got weak morals and ethics—and he's done a heck of a good job”.1 And that there’s the heart of the Matter.
Democracy dies in archness. “The end of the Republic has never looked better.”
“And here's the thing: I haven't really done anything differently”.2
After Andy Kim3
Was Monica Lewinsky invited to donate her blue dress to the Smithsonian?
To the questions posed by the Washington Post: “…how would you exhibit it?”
In 1946, Marcel Duchamp issued a singular artwork, made from his own sperm on black velvet, which he included in the very special boîte-en-valise that he gifted his lover and model, the Brazilian sculptor María Martins. Martins happened to be married to her country’s ambassador to the United States, and so Paysage fautif returned to Brazil with the couple in 1951. In 1989, the piece underwent testing that confirmed the sample was, indeed, Duchamp’s emission, and it is now proudly on display at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Modern Art and Design, Japan.
So that’s how.
“Who would want to write the display labels?
I would. I’m sure there are others.
“More to the point, who would want to read them?”
Now, now; let’s not be disingenuous.
Duchamp, Marcel. Paysage fautif. 1946. Semen on black satin. Museum of Modern Art Toyama, Japan.
Ryan-Kleid, Petrina. Parsing Bill. 2012.
Obama, Barack (April 30, 2016). White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Mark, Julian (July 7, 2021). "Rep. Andy Kim’s suit in the Capitol cleanup photo was from a J. Crew sale. It now belongs to the Smithsonian." Washington Post.
Ringle, Ken (March 5, 1999)."Smithsonian Snubs Lewinski’s Dress." The Washington Post.