Apparently I wasn’t the only one to be a bit unsettled by the image of that long empty corridor behind President Bush in his too-little-too-late attempt to address the nation’s concerns about the careening economy.
(What the President was really trying to say in those thirteen minutes —apparently aware that he was keeping people from watching David Blaine’s “Dive of Death” special, Mr. Bush at least had the good grace not to ramble on— was much better expressed the next morning when, in an off-the-record and off-the-cuff moment, he spoke the words that will define his administration in the annals of presidential rhetoric: “This sucker could go down”.)

It’s interesting to see how, unlike most Presidents, two eventful terms in office have scarcely left a mark on Mr. Bush.  (Fill in your own joke here.)