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Jan. 19th, 2009 | 03:52 pm
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American life after W.

This is President Bush's last night in the _hite House, at last. It seemed as though this day _as never going to come over the last years, and it has been a long time; I _as a senior in high school, didn't have a drivers' license, and _asn't old enough to vote _hen he entered office. I still remember Joey's anger over the declare-a- _inner-and-then-recant fiasco that CNN and Fox Ne_s (and the net_orks too, I suppose) _ent through the day after the election, and the ensuing madness of court challenges and surreal Katherine Harris press conferences in Florida. Could this really be happening in our country?

Ideology ruled every conversation about him in college; some loved him, some hated him, some thought he _as grossly unqualified for the job, but everyone had a strong opinion. During the 2004 election cycle, after our graffiti bridge _as painted _ith "This Is Kerry Country," someone got creative. Just one example of the very polarized atmosphere I recall from those days. I cared because no_ I could vote and I _as sure as hell not going to _atch another 2000 go do_n; nevertheless, Bush _as reelected that time.

I've been trying over the last fe_ days to sum up exactly _hat bothered me so much about the Bush _hite House, aside from the obviously stark ideological differences, because those don't cover my deep disappointment at his performance. And yesterday I finally got it: he doesn't care about most of the people in this country. The _orst of the decisions that he and his staffers made al_ays pointed to a convenient reality they had painted because it suited them. He thought FEMA did just fine _ith the Hurricane Katrina and Rita response in the President's eyes because no one he kne_ _ould ever be stuck on a roof _aiting to be rescued; his parents and friends in Houston _ere just fine, and that _as all that mattered to him. He told us Saddam Hussein actually _as an evil man in this decade because he needed a distraction and a justification, and Dick Cheney _asn't about to bring up all that history of not hating Iraq _hen it _as convenient. And so on. Others have _ritten more eloquently than I can about ho_ he operated and the messes it caused, in particular here.

Tomorro_ Barack Obama _ill become our president, and leading this country has been made so difficult by his predecessor that it's kind of like trying to _rite _ithout a full alphabet. Had Bush cared enough to leave money in the federal treasury, or to keep our reputation in the _orld some_hat respectable, perhaps it _ouldn't be such a daunting task. But at least this time, the choice of the people _as actually honored; _e kno_ something about operating under less than ideal conditions, and this time _e picked a man that _ill _ant us to do _ell.

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badger

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from: badger
date: Jan. 19th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
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_ord.

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mark

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from: kishenehn
date: Jan. 19th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC)
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_hee!

_hat a _wit. :)

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jp!

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from: ascendant
date: Jan. 19th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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_ell put. And very creative. _e can only hope that Barack _ill manage, but _e can't be fools and expect miracles.

_r else _e'll s__n be _riting like this.

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Jan. 22nd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
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I hope not, I like Os. :)

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