[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/01/12/bush.press.conference/art.bush.last.cnn.jpg caption="President Bush addresses reporters at the White House on Monday in his final news conference."]
One week from today, a historic presidency begins and a tarnished presidency ends.
The inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African-American president, cannot come quickly enough for the vast majority of Americans.
This young man with the keen disciplined mind and the buffed body begins a presidency with high hopes, goodwill and a never-ending list of problems left on the Oval Office desk by George Walker Bush, the ever-confident occupant of that high office who seems like the dinner guest who will not leave.
In all my years around Washington as an observer and as a member of several administrations, I have rarely witnessed an event as bizarre as President Bush's farewell press conference yesterday.
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