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Posted at 1:32 PM ET, 10/16/2009

Jefferson on the Web

By Stephen Stromberg

By Telen W. Ozier

This month, I took an out-of-town visitor on my favorite tour -- the Washington Monument and memorials at night. It was past 10 p.m. when we climbed the steps of the Jefferson Memorial, looked back on the White House and took in the sweep from there to the Lincoln Memorial. Then we turned and walked in to read the four excerpts written by the great Thomas Jefferson and gaze upon his statue. As I looked up at that face, which has been imprinted on the minds of Americans and foreigners alike, what did I see? It was covered with spider webs that draped from his forehead to his shoulder and hung off his nose to his chest.

Surely our Park Service can keep our memorials free of spider webs.

By Stephen Stromberg  | October 16, 2009; 1:32 PM ET
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