Can the Best Mayor Win?

by longformphilly

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Richard Ben Cramer | Esquire | October 1984

How will they ever make a statue of him?

They’ll have to, you know. He saved the town. 

But how could they bronze that stubby little body, the melon head, the double chin? Put him on horseback? Ha! One foot up on a pediment, with those clunky shoes he buys on sale? Gazing over a book? He doesn’t read, I guarantee you.

No. If they really want him, they’ve got to get him mad. And paint the whole head rosy, and put the glitter in his eyes. And a couple of guys in suits cowering. That’d do it, and they could carve on the base:

MAYOR ANNOYED
THE BEST MAYOR IN AMERICA, FOR A WHILE

Writer bio: Richard Ben Cramer, who died in January 2013, won the Pulitzer Prize for The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1979 for his coverage of the Middle East. He is the author of the American classic, “What it Takes.”

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