"I promise you, the president has a big stick."
"The sound had come from far away, in the direction of a neighboring town, Mount Airy. The fireworks show there had already started, pre-empting my town’s. Soon I could see both shows simultaneously, and before long a few families on my street fired off a few shells of their own, and I watched in awe until all I saw in the sky were stars. Today, this is what our news culture looks like to consumers: individual bursts of light that appear out of nowhere and disappear just as fast."