I woke up this morning, turned on my iPhone, popped open NetNewsWire, and saw that change.gov – Obama’s transition web site – had a new post. The post contained a link to Obama’s first weekly presidential “radio address” – which of course was actually a video on YouTube. One touch brought the video up, full-screen, on my phone.

As I watched, I couldn’t help but think of one of the FDR Memorial’s finest sculptures: that of an old man sitting in his chair, listening intently to a transistor radio and to FDR’s soothing words.

FDR Memorial: Presidential Radio Address With Transistor Radio

History repeats itself with colored echoes and strange reflections.