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Sacre bleu, citoyen! The idea that Washington residents are living in a 21st-century Versailles first gained currency on Sean Hannity‘s BoomTown. But now another Fox News colleague John Stossel is pushing the metaphor—-and all the eventual guillotining that entails—-too:
Government buildings are grand, too, even new ones like the Reagan office building. “It’s very much like Versailles before the French Revolution,” says historian John Steele Gordon. Washingtonians have become like the French nobility, who spent their lives in the palace at Versailles “and didn’t know much about what went on outside that world.”
“It’s like they live in a private bubble,” adds Stossel. On the plus side, at least we’re not forcing teens to fight for our amusement anymore.
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