Our president; from in-your-face to out of sight

Wednesday, May 30, 2001 at 1:00am

In the 6th century B.C. the men of Athens would vote annually on whom to ostracize, to banish, from the country for 10 years.

Why? Because people get sick and tired of the same big shots always having their names in the buzz. Just like we hated the same guys always running for student office back in high school and college, we despise seeing the same grown-up politicians always trying to grab the limelight.

The Athenian ritual of ostracism was a way to rid the capital of someone who had gotten too popular, too dangerous, too ambitious or simply too in-your-face.

Washington, D.C., enforces a similar system. If you get your head too far above a certain line in our nation

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