I’m sitting on the couch with the dog on my lap and a beer in my hand, watching reports of the apology on SBS news, and all of a sudden I start crying. Maybe it’s cheap emotion, and like everybody’s been saying all day, it’s our future actions rather than our words that are important. (Also, it wasn’t nearly as eloquent as the other John Howard’s apology.) But dammit, John Howard is gone and for the first time in many years I feel proud to be Australian. Well, maybe not proud.

Bart: I feel so full of…what’s the opposite of shame?

Marge: Pride?

Bart: No, no that far from shame.

Homer: Less shame?

Bart: Yeah!

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