On the way out, it's Bush the statesman
Outgoing president has pledged an ‘unprecedented effort’ in transition
Great expectations for Obama
Nov. 11: A new USA Today/Gallup Poll shows that roughly two-thirds of Americans believe the country will be better off in four years; a number that far exceeds the level of optimism that greeted either President Bush or President Clinton. Obama economic advisor Robert Reich discusses whether the President-elect can live up to these expectations.
Andy Card on presidential handover
Bush considering automaker relief
Obama visits his new office in the White House
A contested election, Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, war in Iraq, hurricane Katrina, and economic crisis.
updated 3:05 p.m. CT, Tues., Nov. 11, 2008
WASHINGTON - No matter how people remember President Bush's time in office, let there be no doubt about how he wants to end it: gracefully.
Never mind that Democrat Barack Obama spent all that time deriding Bush for "failed policies," or mocking him for hiding in an "undisclosed location" because he was too unpopular to show up with his party's own candidate, John McCain. This is transition time. Outgoing presidents support the new guy.
And on that front, Bush is going well beyond the minimum. He has embraced the role of statesman with such gusto that it has been hard to miss
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