In a heavy-handed bit of symbolism that makes the final shot in The Departed look subtle and nuanced, a pair of bald eagles, the iconic national bird that has come to represent the indomitable American spirit, got stuck in a dang storm grate in Orlando on Thursday evening.
Two majestic bald eagles fighting each other tooth and nail (beak and talon?) while wallowing in a crummy drainage ditch just days after the United States elected a discount-rate Clint Eastwood to serve as its chief executive is the most apt (if overwrought) metaphor imaginable for the mercifully-over 2016 election. The animal kingdom can sense our feelings much better than we think.
One bird flew away under its own power once officials were able to separate them, while the other is expected to make a full recovery from a couple minor puncture words. The Ditch Eagles are going to be okay.