A Controversial Presidency Comes to an End
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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
US and Israel Agree to Gaza Security Pact Ahead of Possible Ceasefire ()Israel’s cabinet will vote tomorrow on a unilateral cease-fire in the Gaza Strip.
- Jon Alterman: Director of the Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies
The End of Bush’s Controversial Presidency ()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.
- Jacob Weisberg: Editor of Slate.com, @jacobwe
- Janice Shaw Crouse: Spokesperson, Concerned Women for America, @CWforA
- Wayne Slater: Senior Political Writer, Dallas Morning News, @WayneSlater
- Donald Kettl: Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania; Author
When Planes and Birds Collide ()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.
- Dan Weikel: Aviation writer for the Los Angeles Times
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