Tuesday, January 13, 2009

More on Bush's Final News Conference

As I wrote earlier, President Bush appeared yesterday for his 47th press conference, taking mostly milk-toast questions from the White House press corps in what he called "the ultimate exit interview."

Despite his dismal job approval ratings that have been below 30 percent since February 2007, George W. Bush is completely cluesless. In fact he seemed largely in good spirits as he reflected on his years in office.

President Bush was in turns heated and impudent, sometimes actually reflective and but mostly sohmoric, even as he reluctantly conceded that some things 'didn't go according to plan.

Of course he never quite takes the blame for anything, and those things that he somewhat accepts are minor, and he always made clear that he didn't actually understand why they were mistakes.

At one point Bush goes back to that day on the aircraft carrier, "Clearly putting a 'Mission Accomplished' on an aircraft carrier was a mistake," said Bush.

Bush continued his administration's efforts to paint his legacy in a positive light, declaring that he had "a good, strong record." Unfortunately for Bush, the American public believes his administration "will be remembered more for its failures than its accomplishments."

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