The Long Slow Fadeout Of President George W. Bush


Air Force One was running about ten minutes late. It landed yesterday at 1:25 p.m. at the Sanford Regional Airport, just north of Lebanon and a dozen miles to Kennebunk, in Maine. George W. Bush got into the back of a black S.U.V. His hand, noted a reporter there, “appeared faintly behind the tinted glass of the vehicle as he waved.” On Air Force One, a reporter had wanted to know, “Okay. And what plans does he have—I was told there was a tent set up at the house. Is there a family event, a wedding? What’s going on?” Well. There is some wedding, they were told, but not told more. “His mom and dad are here, his brothers—his brother and sister I believe will be here, as well. At least one brother that I know of,” the reporter was told. Whatever would they do? Tomorrow has a 70% chance of thunderstorms. “And they’ll spend some time getting together. They’ll hopefully be outside if it doesn’t rain and spend some time in his last summer that the President is President of the United States.”

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