Wanting to have the last word, to write your own history or to speak at your own wake, is a natural human impulse. Former American presidents are afforded that licence, and more besides.
In a country lacking any real leadership from the sitting president, former presidents have a newly important role to play.
The FBI and the Las Vegas sheriff will keep digging in Paddock's hard drive, but they're digging in the wrong place. They need to start digging somewhere in the heart of American identity.
Barack Obama wanted three attributes of Australia for America. He wanted Australia's universal healthcare system, its gun laws and its compulsory voting system. These are three of the defining differences between the two societies.