With the closing of Barnum & Bailey, we mourn the end of many centuries of colorful circus clowns. However, the equally long history of weird-looking world leaders continues, unfortunately with no indication it will ever stop.
Back in olden times, there were clownish guys, including Rome’s Nero and Attila the Hun. Later, along came Henry the 8th and Napoleon Bonaparte. During World War II, the prime bad clowns were Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Emperor Hirohito and Joe Stalin.
Now, the clown line-up continues with the rag-headed, whiskered ayatollahs, including the late and unlamented Osama bin Laden. Today’s most murderous clown, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, would need no make-up to star in the circus. And, unfortunately, performing daily right in the middle ring is our own fearless, orange-wigged, twittering leader of the free world.