Joe Klein (author of Primary Colors, the scathing send-up of the Clinton years) gives President Bush quite a valedictory send-off today in the pages of TIME magazine.
Besides distaste for President Bush’s "intellectual laziness," Klein lists a number of environmental actions that could be taken now in the final weeks of the Bush administration. Sadly, none of these are expected to happen.
"There are substantive gestures available to a President that do not involve the use of force or photo ops. For example, Bush could have boosted the public spirit—and the auto industry—by announcing that he was scrapping the entire federal automotive fleet, including the presidential limousine, and replacing it with hybrids made in Detroit. He could have jump-started—and he still could—the Obama plan by releasing funds for a green-jobs program to insulate public buildings. He could start funding the transit projects already approved by Congress."
The essay reads like the second draft of history. Daily news being the first.
Bush’s Last Days: The Lamest Duck