Bush's Last Stand
Seems 43 has one more campaign left in him.
At her daily briefing this morning, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino was giving a matter-of-fact preview of the Obamas's visit to the White House this afternoon ("the conversation will include topics such as raising a family in the White House") when CNN's Elaine Quijano asked about how the "heated rhetoric on the campaign trail" might affect the dynamic of the conversation.
"It's always amazed me how President Bush is able to let heated rhetoric like that just slide off his back," Perino replied. She said Bush "studiously stayed out of" the campaign, "even when it was very hard for us sometimes to let attacks go unanswered."
Now, however, Bush has a different plan. "In the next few weeks, I think you'll be able to see us revisit some of those issues and put a marker down for history what this president stood for and why he made the decisions that he did."
And who knows? If he does a really good job of it, Bush might be able to boost his support level all the way up to 30 percent.
Meantime, we have this update from the intrepid Zeleny, who has moved on to become the New York Times's traffic and transportation reporter today:
"President-elect Obama left the gym at 9:25 am -- after 1 hour and 20 minutes inside the Regents Park apartment building -- for a quick ride back to his house." (Zeleny evidently didn't learn about whether the president-elect showered.) "The motorcade left Hyde Park at 10:05, en route to O'Hare, slowed along the way by heavy traffic west of the Loop. He arrived to the Signature Aviation entrance of the field at 10:45 a.m., where an American Airlines plane was waiting. Gone is the campaign plane that ferried Mr. Obama across the country -- and the world -- for months. The temporary plane, for this ride at least, is a Boeing Super-80. . . The flight is 1 hour, 17 minutes."
It was another ominous sign for those expecting sweeping change from Obama. When President-elect Bush made his trip to Washington from Waco, Texas, after the Supreme Court elected him president in 2000, he flew on . . an American Airlines jet.
| November 10, 2008; 12:35 PM ET
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