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George W. Bush enjoyed 90% approval ratings after September 11th. There was widespread initial support for his war in Iraq. But he leaves office less popular than any outgoing president since Richard Nixon, and since the November elections he has tried to shape his own legacy. Last night’s address from the White House was his last scheduled public appearance ‘til Tuesday’s transfer of power. Today, we’ll hear some excerpts from the speech and look at highlights and lowlights of the past 8 years. On Reporter's Notebook later on, jet airliners and migrating birds. Photo: President Bush Delivers Farewell Address To Nation, by Getty Images News

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook When Planes and Birds Collide 6 MIN, 30 SEC
Veteran airline passengers often ignore the pre-flight briefing on what to do if there’s a “water landing.” For 150 passengers on yesterday’s US Airways Flight 1549 out of Laguardia it turned out to be serious business.

Guests:
Dan Weikel, Transportation Writer, Los Angeles Times

Making News US and Israel Agree to Gaza Security Pact Ahead of Possible Ceasefire 5 MIN, 54 SEC
Israel’s cabinet will vote tomorrow on a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.

Guests:
Jon Alterman, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Main Topic The End of Bush’s Controversial Presidency 35 MIN, 56 SEC
The presidency of George W. Bush began in controversy over whether he got more votes than Al Gore. After September 11th, his popularity soared, but now 75 percent of Americans tell pollsters they’ll be glad to see him go.

Guests:
Jacob Weisberg, Slate Group (@jacobwe)
Janice Shaw Crouse, Concerned Women for America (@CWforA)
Wayne Slater, Dallas Morning News (@WayneSlater)
Donald Kettl, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Author

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