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1,000 Words: The Many Faces of George W. Bush

AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

President George W. Bush's time in the White House is ending but we'll always have his wide variety of facial expressions to remember him by.

This series of photos, taken during Bush's final press conference on Monday, captures the many faces of the 43rd president of the United States.

Got a caption that fits this photo? Offer it in the comments section below. We'll pull out a few of the best and feature them in a post of their own.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 16, 2009; 6:00 PM ET
Categories:  1,000 Words  
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"I never thought it could get tougher...Think of the possibilities... But if it doesn't work the consequences would be dire... But this no time for cowardice... This is no time for self doubt... I'm sure of it, I'll have the salsbury steak.

Posted by: tben | January 19, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank You, President Bush for your hard work, determination to keep this country safe, and vision of freedom around the world. No matter what expression you wear, your leadership through troubled times will not be forgotten. This nation should be grateful for efforts in keeping the War on Terror away from our shores, and perservering against many national crisis.

Posted by: kim2390 | January 19, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Today is the last full day for the WORST President in History! HALLALUYAH!!!!!!!
A new day has come! Now i hope Congress will pass the Fainess Doctrine and get FoxNews, Hannity, Rush, Gen Beck, and Bill O'reilly the clown, off our airwaves. Change is coming!!!!!

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 19, 2009 7:07 AM | Report abuse

1. subliminable
2. strategery
3. proliferlaters
4. hispanically
5. discomfortable
6. misunderestimated

Posted by: DrTuma | January 19, 2009 1:25 AM | Report abuse

Six images that will never be added to Mount Rushmore.

Posted by: billmcg1 | January 18, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

well Mr Bush you destroyed this country:
1. Thank you CRAZY Katherine Harris for helping this man steal the 2000 election.
God riddence!!!!! 1 1/2 more days...please hurry up.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | January 18, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

From left to right, top row 1-3, bottom 4-6.
1. I'll have a double cheeseburger.
2. And some freedom fries.
3. And, uh...
4. Diet Coke
5. What do you mean my credit card's been declined?!
6. That's alright. I still keep some of the money I made running failed oil companies tucked into my shoe just in case.

Posted by: JoeBowen | January 18, 2009 3:22 AM | Report abuse

Bush has doubled the national debt, putting the country close to default.
Devaluation of the dollar is sure to come.
Obama will have nothing to fund any public works programs for very long.
This time around, America is on the smelly end of the stick.
No jobs, no infrastructure and no way out of the debt spiral.
Bush has sold us out.

Posted by: seemstome | January 17, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

Dubya demonstrates just a few of the faces his Daddy made every time Daddy had to bail Dubya out of another mess.


Dubya demonstrates just a few of the faces Jeb made every time Daddy had to bail Dubya out of another mess.


Dubya demonstrates just a few of the faces Jeb made when Jeb realized he couldn't run for Senator, thanks to Dubya's low approval ratings.

Posted by: dognabbit | January 17, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

1)Yeah, yeah, terrorist attack in the US. Never happen Dick.
2)Wait a minute, this could be a good thing. I could use this to get rid of Saddam and get my hands on Iraq's oil.
3)So what, they joined the military and they have to die if I tell them to.
4)They finally caught on that there were no weapons of mass destruction, huh?
5)What are you talking about? The economy is in great shape.
6)Ha,ha,ha,ha, I can't wait until my term is over and I can get back to my family's oil business. I'm going to be stupid rich!

Posted by: MET9 | January 17, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"Where's the seventh dwarf? And where is snow white for that matter?"

Posted by: klducoff | January 17, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Bush is the face of failure. Obama is the face of hope.

Bush is the face of the past. Obama is the face of the future.

Bush is the face of dumbfounded ingnorance. Obama is the face of a keen mind.

You choose.

Posted by: IM4Impeachment | January 17, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

"Oh man, I'm full of gas. Oh, it's getting worse. Man that hurts! Maybe if I try a little more abdominal pressure... RRIIIIPPPPP!! AH, that feels better already!"

Posted by: AlaninMissoula | January 17, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Do you really mean "good bye, good riddance?"

Posted by: tomthroop | January 17, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Just released in theaters nationwide, “The Six Faces of Evil”, is an unfortunate remake of the tragikarmic “Dunk The Clown” about a stupid rich kid nicknamed W, who manages to screw up everything he touches. In the end, thinking he has escaped responsibility for his past actions, he dies in a mountain biking accident in west Texas and is reborn as the retarded pet monkey of a Suni family in Baghdad. The family uses him to clear the neighborhood of undetonated cluster bomblets.

Posted by: TTexas | January 17, 2009 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Read about both sides of George W. Bush at

Posted by: georgecf | January 17, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

"Why do I never win at Texas Hold 'em?"

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 17, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Six degrees of facial misgesticulation.

Posted by: jrosco3 | January 17, 2009 10:07 AM | Report abuse

In every photo W. looks like what he is: a mental midget and a drunk.

Let's face it: When George W. Bush claims he's "kept us safe," it's kind of like the babysitter who lets the toddler wander into traffic the first hour she's on the job, then herds all the remaining kids into the basement and locks them in to compensate. So when the parents get home, she says: "See, I kept them all safe after the toddler got run over."

This has been the most incredibly destructive presidency probably in the history of our nation. Look at the results. Look at what Obama has inherited. What America has done now in the last two elections is repudiate Conservatism in its entirety. George Bush and his Republican cronies have succeeded in doing only one thing the past eight years: they have made the word "Republican" a dirty word.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 17, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Each photo is a different side of a very good president who has done an exellent job. He, unfortunatly for real Americans, will be followed by Barack Obama who will undoubtably put our countries economy into the tank with his Socialist Marxist government--uber--alles agenda. Thank you President George W. Bush for a job well done!

Posted by: armpeg | January 17, 2009 1:47 AM | Report abuse

The cover of "Let It Be" in an alternate dimension where everything sucks.

Posted by: formerlylove | January 17, 2009 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Sleepy Sneezy Bashful
Dopey Grumpy Happy
And here comes Doc Obama to heal the mess.

Posted by: bhadash | January 17, 2009 12:48 AM | Report abuse

Caption: Another Great Depression, unending war, unfinished business, torture, cronyism... I loved this job! I'm still rich, too.

Posted by: jdresner | January 17, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

the many faces of a Dumb-Ass

You might be a dumb-ass if your face looks like this.

Posted by: gmail | January 16, 2009 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Be president like my dad? Hm, I like that idea...

But wait... what would it really be like?

Ah, crap, they probably just try to blame everything on me.

Hmmmm, I could always just pin everything on democrats and big government. That'd be a hoot!

Uh oh, will people get pissed if I keep that up too long?

Ah, who am I kidding, now one will ever catch on! White house here I come!

Posted by: theamazingjex | January 16, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

MANY FACES - and he only showed US two of them - incompetent and satanic.

Posted by: oneStarMan | January 16, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse



CANCEL Risky "Sitting Duck" Obama-Biden Train Excursion

(There is A SERIOUS BASIS FOR concern here. And it's too cold for spectators, anyway...)

• What happened to Homeland Security warnings of "heightened risk" during Presidential transition?

• How about the late November FBI warning about possible Northeast train station attacks?

• "Amtrak Joe" Biden's longstanding warnings about security flaws along the Amtrak Northeast corridor -- why isn't he waving this whistle stop tour to a halt?

It is both mystifying and frightening to contemplate the unnecessary risk to which President-elect Barack Obama and Vice-President-elect Joe Biden are subjecting themselves by going through with Saturday's planned pre-inauguration "whistle stop" train ride from Philadelphia to Washington.

In his farewell press conference on Monday, President Bush seemed to go out of his way to twice repeat that the greatest threat the nation faces is another terrorist attack. At one point in his presser, he said that by giving official voice to the threat, he was not "trying to set something up."

Here are President Bush's exact words:

"There is an enemy that still is out there.

"You know, people can maybe try to write that off as, you know, 'he's trying to set something up.'

"I'm telling you there's an enemy that would like to attack America -- Americans -- again. There just is. That's the reality of the world."

George W. Bush could not have been more plain-spoken, candid and direct. The incoming White House team ignores his words -- which he most likely thought about before uttering them -- at their peril.

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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 16, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 16, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I can only speak for my self, i never dreamed that i would be so worse off as i am now. LOST in stocks, cds interest is a joke, what 70 cents bought in 2000 now takes a dollar or more to buy.Some of the professors at our state U,s, have been saying for years the USA is going bankrup, and it may be correct,Tha AMA makes excuses for Bush, as he is burnt out on booze, and realy believes he did a great job, it is said he do,es not understand in his damaged mind what has happend, i do think his VP DICK has bad feeling on what they Rumfield, Rice, they know history will not be kind to them.

Posted by: dv1236 | January 16, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

One face Bush will nerve be able to escape or live down the shameface.....I listened last night to our outgoing Presidents farewell address and for the life of me I found my mind wondering to things like torture, waterboarding, Abu-ghraib, record deficits, lies, wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, stock market crashes, high unemployment, just an utter mess and quagmire. Yet, our President had the nerve to say....


Posted by: need4trth | January 16, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

If Bush is going to take credit for "nothing happening" after 9/11, doesn't he also have to take the blame for the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history on 9/11? Isn't that honest reasoning? Does he forget the 8/6/01 presidential briefing, "Bin Laden Determined To Strike Inside U.S."?!?!

I don't expect apologies or admissions from the petulant Boy-King, but can't we at least traffic in logic?

The corporate media have capitulated to W.'s every whim of this national embarassment for the last 8 years. And now that a Dem is Prez we're going to see them return to their job of doing the bidding for their radical right overlords at the RNC, as they did with Bill Clinton.

Any sort of poll bounce W. is getting in these last few weeks is nothing more than a "thank god he's leaving" bounce.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 16, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

"Geez, I know this one. It's on the tip of my tongue . . . It's . . . It's . . . Oh, Yeah! Strategery!"

Posted by: anon99 | January 16, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the one a couple of weeks ago with all the presidents? I thought that one had excellent potential but I don't want to read through all the comments to find the nuggets!

Posted by: anon99 | January 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

His administration has redefined failure.

The nonsense that history will judge his term in office kindly is absurd. We have lived through the history, his legacy is turning a surplus into record deficits, an economy in shambles, record unemployment.

The spin of a safer world and US ignores engagement in 2 full blown wars, a military that is tired and depleted, a divided country, strife in the middle east, waste fraud and abuse of government and power.

All the spin and attempts to shift the blame on a Congress that was controlled by his party, are seen for what it is.

The Conservative shills share the blame by failing to hold the Administration responsible and accountable and they in turn did huge damage to the GOP and succeeded in making the word Conservative less popular than liberal. The President should be ashamed of his performance and instead of putting his administration in the hands of Cheney and Rove, should have trusted his father.

Posted by: oldgeek143 | January 16, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Top left:I wish that when I open my eyes these people who are asking me questions would disappear.
Top middle: do you say nucluuure again?
Top right: No one like me..I'm going to cry!

Bottom left: Man I'm funny
Bottom middle: Nooooo...Dick Chaney is not running the show!
Bottom right: ohhhh yeah..thats the spot Condie

Posted by: oracleace | January 16, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Will the last business open in the country please turn out the lights?

Posted by: godog | January 16, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Sleepy, Dopey, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy & Happy.

Posted by: Sarcastrophe | January 16, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if I make a lot of funny faces they'll focus on that and forget that I'm talking...

Posted by: HannahBanana | January 16, 2009 6:40 PM | Report abuse




Posted by: DrainYou | January 16, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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