Jewish World Review March 14, 2003 / 10 Adar II, 5763
U.S. to Return Statue of Liberty to France
The White House announced today
that the Statue of Liberty will be returned to
France, which gave the giant monument to the
United States in 1886.
"We're not returning it out of anger," insisted
White House spokesman Ari Fleischer. "We want the
French to set it up in the Seine and gaze at it
for the next few decades. We want French
government officials to read the Emma Lazarus
poem on the plaque."
The poem, entitled "The New Colossus," was used
to raise money for the statue's pedestal in 1883.
The last few lines read as follows:
"Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries
she with silent lips.
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
JWR contributor Scott Ott publishes the satirical website ScrappleFace.com, whose motto is "News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher." Comment by clicking here.
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© 2003, Scott Ott