"I believe the president genuinely wants to do this, but he needs to prove it and he needs to be prepared to use his leverage to make it happen....If he doesn't achieve it, it's going to be one of those things that will bother him for the rest of his days."
This is the moment for President Obama to ride through the streets with his moral message that "Guantanamo must be closed and justice must be found."
That will bring the moment for President Obama to deliver his own midnight message, bringing the word that "a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law" has been removed. When that happens, in Longfellow's closing passage, "the people will waken and listen to hear":
"And a word that shall echo for evermore!
"For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
"Through all our history, to the last,
"In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
"The people will waken and listen to hear
"The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
"And the midnight message of Paul Revere."
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