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The Royals

Did you watch the spectacular four days devoted to the celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee?

Did you see the Royal Family in the procession with the Royal Guard? How about that flotilla of boats on the Thames to honor her or that remarkable gathering of talent, like Paul McCartney and Elton John and Stevie Wonder at the Command Performance Concert at Buckingham Palace?

Did you see all that? Were you excited to be part of the queen’s 60 years on the throne? Why?

I mean, it’s very nice for anyone to keep a job for 60 years doing anything, but what exactly does she do? She seems like a perfectly nice lady but, outside of wearing hats and waving, I would be hard pressed to enumerate her duties. That doesn’t upset me anymore than the hundreds of millions around the world who watch her do it.

And, most curious of all, is the American obsession with the Royal Family. Are we looking for something?

Hey, maybe if Obama and Romney would wear big hats and wave we’d all feel good again.

I’m Pat McMahon.