Farewell, President Bush

Posted by Katherine | January 22, 2009 – 11:10 am

Philly-loving Phil, now officially a ballotvoxregular (you’ve met him here and here), zoomed way in to record George and Laura Bush leaving the Capitol after the inauguration:

Helicopter over Capitol dome
[philliefan99 / Flickr]

Justin Hamilton is a Texan public servant in DC. He likes reading and writing (and spinning records), but not arithmetic. From what looks like a warm indoor perch, he captured the helicopter ride in motion:


[Justin Hamilton / Flickr]

Knitter Imbrium (aka Marisa) has seen Sesame Street live and lives in mortal terror of bugs. She readily admits 98 other interesting things about herself. She’s also a “bleeding-heart liberal” who voted for Obama; but on inauguration day, she felt bad for President Bush.

I will be the first to say that George W. Bush was a bad President. He may even be a bad man.

But on a human-to-human level, I have a lot of empathy for the guy today. […]

I think - and this is based on scant information, since I don’t know the guy - that for all Bush’s terrible decisions, he didn’t act out of malice. I think he did what he thought was best. I think what he thought was best was wrong, but I think that he really does love his country. I think he had bad advice, I think he was ignorant about a lot of things that a President cannot be ignorant about, I think he was self righteous and petty…but I think he had good intentions. […]

Farewell, President Bush. I’m not sad to see you step down from the office of the President of the United States of America, but as one human being to another, I hope you find peace.

Imbrium says she is “perfectly comfortable holding two seemingly mutually exclusive opinions at the same time, without any sort of logical or psychological difficulty.”

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