Dealing in our own way with Obama’s long goodbye, John and I have drawn on the twisted catalog of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks to ask: “How can I miss you when you won’t go away?” We won’t miss President Obama if he ever goes away, but the point remains.
Professor Jean Yarbrough is Gary M. Pendy, Sr., Professor of Social Sciences and Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. She is also the author of the APSA award-winning book Theodore Roosevelt and the American Political Tradition. When it comes to quotes expressing the sentiment, she thinks we can do better.
She implores us to use the line from MacBeth, Abraham Lincoln’s favorite Shakespeare play. The line is Lady MacBeth’s: Stand not upon the order of your going, But go at once.
And you can rinse and repeat as necessary.