George W. Bush's Last Day in Office
George W. Bush is enjoying his final day as President of the United States, leaving behind a legacy that has left many critics in his wake. Much of the goodwill towards Barack Obama seems to be the fact that he *isn't* George W. Bush, at least according to some bloggers.
But on his last day Bush keeps his duties light, commuting a few last-minute sentences and calling up some old friends - that is, various leaders around the world.
President George W. Bush, on the eve of leaving office, commuted the sentences of two former agents of the U.S. Border Patrol who were convicted of shooting an unarmed Mexican drug smuggler as he attempted to flee.
Bush made a number of farewell phone calls to various world leaders today, including Putin, Gordon Brown and Berlusconi, among others. He thanked them for their hospitality and co-operation over the years.
It doesn't look like Canada didn't rate a phone call.
Bush “expressed his gratitude for the kind hospitality all these leaders showed him and Mrs. Bush over the years and told them how much he enjoyed working with them during his two terms,” spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in an e-mailed statement. He didn’t describe the content of the conversations.
Already there is much talk about Bush's eight years as president, with some wondering if history will soften the harsh criticism that surrounds him today.
A failed presidency, two unfinished wars, an economic mess unmatched in decades, America's reputation sullied and most of his party, the nation and the world glad to see the back of him. When George W. Bush boards the big blue-and-white Boeing 747 that will fly him back to Texas tomorrow, the conventional wisdom will deem him among the worst of presidents.
Bush leaves behind him two unfinished wars, an open Guantanamo Bay and the worst employment-growth numbers since World War Two.
President George W. Bush will leave office on Tuesday with the worst employment-growth record of any president since World War II, according to a new analysis by Bizjournals.