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November 26th, 2008
02:33 PM ET

Bush's last days: the lamest duck

Joe Klein
TIME.com

We have "only one President at a time," Barack Obama said in his debut press conference as President-elect. Normally, that would be a safe assumption — but we're learning not to assume anything as the charcoal-dreary economic winter approaches. By mid-November, with the financial crisis growing worse by the day, it had become obvious that one President was no longer enough (at least not the President we had). So, in the days before Thanksgiving, Obama began to move — if not to take charge outright, then at least to preview what things will be like when he does take over in January. He became a more public presence, taking questions from the press three days in a row. He named his economic team. He promised an enormous stimulus package that would somehow create 2.5 million new jobs, and began to maneuver the new Congress toward having the bill ready for him to sign — in a dramatic ceremony, no doubt — as soon as he assumes office.

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  1. Scott - Bend, OR

    Appropriate for the Lamest President.

    November 26, 2008 at 6:50 pm |
  2. jim

    There you liberal news media go again. I think President Bush doesn't have enough time in office to resolve the crisis any further. If he does, Barack Obama would overturn his actions when he takes office. You have to remember Clinton as a lame duck didn't do anything about the recession he caused and definitlely passed the buck to George Bush on the terroirst attack on the USS Cole. I guess the liberal news media forgot about that.

    November 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  3. Tavi

    "Bush never understood, or cared about, the delicate balance [...]." sums it up beautifully.

    Never has anyone ever been more misplaced in any position than has G.W. Bush as President of the United States of America. Sadly, the consequences of that egregious error reach far beyond our borders.

    November 26, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  4. Eugenia-San Francisco, Ca

    We are a product of our environment.
    Both men have acted as they should, don't you think?

    November 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  5. JC- Los Angeles

    Bush, Chaney and the rest of their smug regime have pocketed so much money from oil profits that they now could care less about their remaining few days in office.

    Through occupation and manipulation, they have controlled oil and helped drive prices to almost five dollars a gallon; after profiting handsomely, these smug robber barons are now driving down costs to help their public perception.

    Their smug nature become a mainstay for eight years and unfortunately, worked its way into all aspects of American leadership.

    November 26, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  6. hugh ~ california

    George W. Bush is the lamest lame duck president of the 20th Century–at least he started in the 20the century. He will be considered by many the worst president in American history.The tragedy is the American people voted for him twice.
    If history teaches us anything it should be self-evident, that every vote cast in any election is a serious, important act of democracy, and its result should re-establish the values of our nation and its principles.
    The legacy of George W. Bush proves it.

    November 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  7. concern/denver Colorado

    Please take the pens away from Bush ...and somebody help him move as soon as possible ....and he should have spent his Thangiving at the ranch .....

    November 26, 2008 at 3:19 pm |

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