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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Missing expectations

I thought this said something about the long Bush goodbye.
The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.


  • That's a nearly 30% vacancy rate. Ouch.

    Remember how we've all commented over the past year how it seemed that Bush had already "checked out" from really caring about being president? What bubble boy never realized was, so did everyone else.

    By Blogger -epm, at 10:39 AM  

  • I know. It became really apparent at the tail end of the election when stories on what Obama thought about the economy headlined what Bush did.

    America has been ready for "change" for quite some time.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:55 AM  

  • I think we've been ready for change since around Feb 2005.

    There seemed to be a palpable buyer's remorse after the 2004 election, which was won by a relentless campaign of fear mongering. Once the media blitz stopped, people started to come out of their stupor. Slowly at first, but it we there shortly after the '04 election.

    By Blogger -epm, at 11:07 AM  

  • If you look at the Bush approval ratings, it's 40+% in 2004, peaking up right at the election. By the time he made his second inaugural "political capital" "freedom agenda speech," it was already beginning the slide again.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 1:18 PM  

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