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He walks alone
He walks alone
Gianni Riotta

Let’s conduct a simple experiment: search on Google for any image of a recent American President -- Johnson, Nixon, either father or son Bush, Clinton, Obama -- at the moment of their first election victory. Then, search again for an image of the same man a few years later. Each will show the fatigue that the White House brings, the weight of which the historian John Keegan once called “the Mask of Command.”

Lyndon B. Johnson, once he left Washington, let his hair grow out like the kids who, asking for peace in Vietnam, had ousted him. Nixon scared his friends with his pallor and then the night before his resignation, he threw himself on his knees to pray, with Henry Kissinger beside him. The wrinkles on George W. Bush’s face were more fine and intricate than a military map of Iraq. The ever-charming Bill Clinton went from grey to white and open-heart surgery after the Lewinsky scandal.

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A Canadian protestor in Montreal, dressed as a “handmaid” holds a sign reading “This is no longer fiction” to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

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👋 Grüss Gott!*

Welcome to Monday, where Volodymyr Zelensky addresses G7 leaders as strikes hit Kyiv, reverberations continue after the end of U.S. federal protection for abortion rights, and Japan asks 37 million citizens to turn the lights off. Meanwhile, for French economic daily Les Échos, Benjamin Quénelle looks at the “inevitable” recession around the corner for Russia, despite its apparent resilience to Western sanctions.

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