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The Fred Thompson Story

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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DEJECTED Fred (Photo: Getty Images) With politician-turned- actor-turned-politician Fred Thompson now officially out of the presidential race, it's hard not to think back on the year that was for the lazy fox. How he was all but begged to run, then chastised for his perhaps disengaging style, and finally booed right off the stage. How his hot wife and Fred Heads made us all believe. And how the media told his story from auspicious beginning to untimely end ... through telltale headlines:

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"Fred Thompson for President? His Supporters Hope So" —AP, March 12, 2007

"Thompson Outshines Contemporaries" —The New York Dispatch, March 19, 2007

"Thompson Making Waves Just Sticking Toe In" —Augusta Chronicle, March 31, 2007

"'Fred for President' Chorus Grows" —Sunday Times, April 15, 2007

"It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Fred Thompson! —Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 5, 2007



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