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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Picture of the Day - 2

(President-elect Senator Barack Obama waves to the press as he leaves staff meetings in Chicago, November 6, 2008. (REUTERS/Jason Reed))


  • Have you noticed how irrelevant Bush has become? The media -- and the public -- seem to be so focused on Obama that they're almost holding him responsible for any policy decisions over the next 2½ months. Bush will be framed as merely the spoiler of any Obama supported Democratic legislation that he (Bush) threatens to veto.

    Never before have I seen the country so impatient to see the president-elect take charge -- or more accurately, perhaps, the sitting, lame duck, president depart.

    Now is Bush's chance to just shut the hell up and play gracious statesman to the incoming First Family.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:15 AM  

  • Yeah, but a good part of that is that Bush took himself out of the light for the end of the campaign. He was already waning, but stepping back made it worse.

    And, I gotta say, Bush doesn't seem that upset about Obama coming in. I don't think the Dems could get everything through, but I have a sense Bush might well give a little more here at the end.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:41 AM  

  • "And, I gotta say, Bush doesn't seem that upset about Obama coming in. "

    I know what you're saying, but I interpret this as Bush being relieved to be done with this whole "hard work bein' president" thing, rather than any happiness (or whatever) that Obama, personally, is coming in.

    You're right though. Bush disengaged from his responsibilities a while ago. What I'm seeing is that the media and the citizenry have also made him irrelevant. Not just that, but they've already placed the mantle of accountability on Obama's shoulders even though he has no power or authority beyond the bully pulpit. You know?

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:57 AM  

  • I certainly believe that's part of it. He was "done" about mid summer.

    Bush is Mr. 28%, so you're right, he was pretty irrelevant anyhow.

    And, as for the media pinning responsibility on Obama, a little bit, and it's also going to be attached to him because the Dem lame duck Congress will be seen to be under his influence.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 11:17 AM  

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