the problem with your metaphor is that you think the president is DCBack on topic:
Did you ever see the episode of West Wing where the VP is acting all high and mighty toward the (Martin Sheen) president because he agreed to endorse Bartlet (Sheen) and didn't understand why he wasn't in the president's inner circle. And Bartlet said, "You shouldn't have made me ask you to endorse me. I was the nominee of our party. You shouldn't have made me ask." That was the end of any amenable relationship between Bartlet and his VP.
DC didn't make Moore ask, they made him beg. Then they said no. Then tweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenty years later they offer him the rights in exchange for other benefits to DC? And then they just go ahead and do the thing they wanted permission for after not receiving the permission in the first place?
No. I wouldn't say that's trying to reconcile with Moore. I'd call it an exquisitely successful attempt to piss him off.
The relationship could be mended at any time. All it would take would be the head of DC going to Moore and saying, "Listen. We were wrong. We were unforgivably wrong over and over and over again. And all those guys that came before were ****'s to you and to other creators, but I'm not one and I want to make it right. Name your terms. We want you back at DC and we're willing to do anything to repair the relationship."
What would we get out of it? More Alan Moore comics. What would DC get out of it? More Alan Moore comics. Why won't DC do it? You tell me. But it's either stupidity or pride. And neither is a good reason.
and you are wrong
the president is Warner Bros, who owns DC
and they are the reason why no other head of DC ever got a chance to get Moore back
they are a business and basically mending with Moore wouldnt produce as much as it cost
even when he was in Wildstorm which had even further problems to the point that moore now stipulates on his contracts that if the company in which he works get absorbed by DC the Contract get void
I think its obvious for everyone in the industry that Moore got screwed, sadly it was also cause he and Dave Gibbons(whom Moore also break relations with because of Watchmen) never read the contract
Moore had been damaged really by many times that the relationship is irreparable, did you hear about the other screw up of the other Moore(his friend, cant remember the name) who was suppose to write the Novelization of Watchmen, I think it was a paranoic reaction of moore to think it was on purpose and his attitude towards the industry is such that he would never offer anything he gets offer
for example he wouldnt want to write Superman cause he want someone to make something that is beyond superman but on his eyes no one has done it
did you read the article of Jason Aaron on Cbr that says "the year i stoped giving a crap of Alan Moore"
If Moore wanted to write for DC he would do it on any moment but DC has nothing to offer him