Dis­ap­pear­ing acts

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Out with the old, in with the new. So Inside the Belt­way reader John Lock­wood dis­cov­ered when care­fully step­ping through the halls of power in the Long­worth House Of­fice Build­ing.

“I be­gan notic­ing all sorts of stuff piled up in the cor­ri­dors — desks, chairs, card­board boxes full of any­thing. De­feated in­cum­bents pack­ing up?” he asks. “And then my the­ory was con­firmed by a poster on the wall, giv­ing cour­ses for de­part­ing mem­bers in how to cope with it all: ‘Sic tran­sit glo­ria mundi.’ “

That is a Latin phrase mean­ing, “Thus passes the glory of the world,” al­though it’s more com­monly in­ter­preted to mean “Fame is fleet­ing.”

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