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Ode to White House staff

I’m a sap for the season’s obligatory markings of passage. I choke up at Auld Lang Syne. When I watch those tributes on Turner Classic Movies reminding us of Hollywood legends who died during the year, I blink back tears, although I’m not sure exactly what a chief lighting technician does. Now with Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy: Interior finalizes plan to open 80 percent of Alaska petroleum reserve to drilling | Justice Department lawyers acknowledge presidential transition in court filing | Trump admin pushes for permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Trump administration pushes for grazing permits for men who inspired Bundy standoff Interior secretary tests positive for COVID-19 after two days of meetings with officials: report MORE’s departure and John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE’s looming exit, it seems like a fitting time to pay homage to the many men and women who served and left President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE in his first two years. They came and went like the scattering of winter leaves in a blizzard. Cue the mawkish piano music.

The Oval Office seems lonely, the Cabinet bare!
Oh West Wing, oh East Wing! Is anyone there?

They rode towards the sunset, or under a cloud,
They were Zinke, Flynn, and lead counsel Dowd.

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Farewell sage grouse, let the oil drilling begin!
As endangered as Ayers who was out before in.

To Bannon and Bossert. Wasn’t it nice?
Goodbye to Porter, to Pruitt, and Price.

Short didn’t stay long. He disappeared in a blaze.
Scaramucci? He scrammed in less than 12 days.

Sayonara Anton, Dearborn, and Cobb!
You faded like Spicer’s inaugural mob.

Scram Kelly and Gorka. Leave Icahn and Cohn.
Take note of the survivors. Is that Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneVice chair of Oregon Young Republicans group among those arrested at Capitol Trump supporters show up to DC for election protest DC mayor activates National Guard ahead of pro-Trump demonstrations MORE?

To General McMaster, here’s a snappy salute.
Thanks for your service before taking that boot.

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Thanks Raffel, Ricardel, Watnick and Powell,
And so many others who threw in the towel.

Or had it thrown at them in a hashtag dump,
Out #Comey, Out #Rex, said Donald Trump.

Au revoir Omarosa, zei gezunt McGahn,
Farewell to Walsh, adieu to McFarland.

Shalom to Schadlow, Sorensen, and Schiller.
If you don’t mind, please take Stephen Miller?

We had hope in Hicks till she rushed for the door,
Plus Shaub and Shulkin from dear president 44.

Hail Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyNikki Haley unveils PAC ahead of possible 2024 White House bid We've seen this movie before — Rumors of Trump's political demise are greatly exaggerated Nikki Haley on Capitol riot: Trump 'badly wrong with his words' MORE, whose bright comet was fleeting.
Heal, Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds Sen. Hawley tramples the 2020 vote in his run to 2024 MORE, from Trump’s public beating.

Life goes on, faithful servants, new chapters reveal,
Each of your futures holds a six figure book deal.

Steve Israel represented New York in Congress for 16 years. He served as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 2011 to 2015. He is a novelist whose latest book is “Big Guns.” You can follow him on Twitter @RepSteveIsrael and Facebook @RepSteveIsrael.