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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Picture of the Day - 3

That's the helicopter that will give you freedom.....

(The helicopter which will transport President George W. Bush to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after President-elect Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States takes off from the East Front of the Capitol during a rehearsal for the Inauguration Ceremony in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009. (AP Photo/J. David Ake))

Are they going to "airlift" Bush out from the inauguration?


  • ... that thing is actually quite impressive when landing and taking off from the open space near the White House and the Washington Monument.

    anyway, goodbye, George. Hope to see you in court.

    By Blogger r8r, at 7:47 PM  

  • I'm just having a little trouble figuring out where it fits into the ceremony.

    (Exit stage center/helicopter)

    I don't know if Bush really does leave during the inauguration, but it would highlight "change."

    But wouldn't it also create a kind of "abandoning" moment?

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:23 PM  

  • ...or it could simply upstage the new president in one final grab for imperial attention.

    By Blogger -epm, at 9:03 AM  

  • I don't think so. The inaugural committee stages the thing. I'm sure Bush has to "sign off" on his part, but the Obama folks are staging this show.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 10:41 AM  

  • Can you imagine the protests Bush would face if he merely rode out in a limousine? Remember in 2000, when his motorcade was pelted with eggs and garbage on the way to his inauguration?

    By Blogger Lew Scannon, at 6:04 PM  

  • Shouldn't Bush exit, by helicopter, via the roof of the White House, assisted by a burly Marine? You know, Saigon. Buncha years ago. Good visuals.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:49 PM  

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