Apologies to Walt Whitman for using his words in mock praise of captains of sinking ships, from Capt. Francesco Schettino to Capt. Bernie Madoff.
Whitman wrote his poem to honor slain president Abraham Lincoln. I simply liked the rhythm of the words, and the economy of spelling the word O without the “h” made it much easier to fit in a headline.
For all the rage against the captain of Carnival’s submerged vessels, there are many captains of industry who’ve caused bigger accidents.
Click here to read my column in The Sunday Wall Street Journal.