And Dave Barry provides the valedictory in his usual fashion. For instance:

… for approximately the 250th time, the Obama administration pivoted back to the economy, which has somehow been recovering for years now without actually getting any better. Unfortunately, before they could get the darned thing fixed, the administration had to pivot back to … health care, because it turned out that Obamacare, despite all the massive brainpower behind it, had some “glitches,” in the same sense that the universe has some “atoms.”

And, then, there is E.J. Dionne, who doesn’t do humor. Not intentionally, anyway. The headline for his farewell to 2013 reads:

2013: Not as Bad as You Think

And there are some laughs, however unintentional, in the column.

… on a longer view, 2013 could be remembered as the year when the far right began to weaken, the forces of obstruction began to recede, and the country began moving toward at least the possibility of constructive government.

But no slowing in the rise of the oceans and no planet healing?

Just a so-so year by Obama standards, then.

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