What a month it’s been for America. We’ve seen the televised departures of two major figures in American culture; both of whom have been a fixture in our homes for 8-long years. First, I speak of is President Bush who stepped down and handed over the presidential reigns to one, Barack Hussein Obama. As you know, Bush was the leader of our country, for two terms, during one of the most turbulent times in America.
The second, I speak of course, is Dr. Gil Grissom (played by William Peterson) of CSI fame. He stepped down in order to hand over the crime-scene-investigating-reigns to Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne), a former medical doctor who turns criminalist in an attempt to rid himself of past demons. As you know, Dr. Grissom was the night shift supervisor, for nine seasons, and excels in crime scene investigation for the Las Vegas CSI team of investigators who unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes.
It’s a historical moment on both accounts (U.S. presidency/CSI personnel change) because it’s the first time in history that a black man has lead a CSI unit (as well as the leader of the United States).
So how do the two departures compare?
Petersen called it quits with the episode entitled, “One to Go;” a great thriller (you can see it right here on Fancast) in the vein of Silence of the Lambs, where the CSI team goes after a copycat serial killer. As always, such things as crime lab techniques, the positioning of the moon, and the type of moss found on the suspect’s shoes all lead Grissom to the whereabouts of the killer’s hideout before he can harm his last victim-all to the stains of a Who song.
Bush, on the other hand, ended his presidency with our country still in the midst of war and our economy in shambles-all to the strains of Hail to the Chief.
-In his final speech Grissom tells colleague David Hodges, who states on his departure to the CSI unit, “Who is Watson without Sherlock Holmes?” Grissom replies, “Watson was a genius in his own right. It’s the right time for me to go,” he solemnly declares.
Meanwhile, Bush called the inauguration of Obama a “moment of hope and pride” for America, though he went on to defend his tumultuous two terms by a claiming a hard-won record of achievement.
In the end, both men walked alone; Bush down the red-carpeted hallway toward the White House residence, and Grissom, past the corridors of labs in the midst of conducting ongoing crime scene investigating. Bush now resides in Crawford Texas, while Grissom headed to the Coast Rico rain forest to reunite with love interest Sara