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Tim OBrien
...And STAY OUT!
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The cover as it printed. White is still the HOT color.
My students know that on my bag that I carry to class I have a digital timer that has been counting down the days until George Bush will leave the White House.  It was always depressing to look at as it seemed to be stuck on the 500's forever.
I see that Bush was in the White House so long that the battery on that reminder device died before he left.  
I think I can see the end just ahead without it.
The Village Voice called and asked me to paint a portrait of Bush just after I did the Rolling Stone cover.  I didn't tell them for whom or what I painted, only that I could not just do a portrait of him.
It was suggested that I try illustrating him with his bags and boxes all around him ready to move.  I thought I liked the idea of him boarding Air Force One.  There are some great lonely shots of Bush on the tarmac leaving the plane and others with him ascending.  
The idea of him alone going up and meekly waving was the winner.
As my Irish grandfather, John O'Brien used to say,
"Here's your hat, what's your hurry?"
 
The art was actually on a less white background getting a bit murkier at the top.
Resist the urge to feel sorry for him. He left us with a mess.
The Bush years -- then and now

From NBC's Mark Murray
With President Bush set to leave the White House less than two weeks from now, here's a "Then and Now" to show what the United States looked like when Bush was entering office and what it looks like now as he's leaving. The "Then" is the best-available figure as Bush was taking office in 2001. The "Now" is the most recent figure.

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
Then: 4.2% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2001)
Now: 6.7% (Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2008)

DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE
Then: 10,587 (close of Friday, Jan. 19, 2001)
Now: 9,015 (close of Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009)

BUSH FAVORABILITY RATING
Then: 50% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 31% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

CHENEY FAVORABILITY RATING
Then: 49% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

CONGRESS APPROVAL RATING
Then: 48% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 21% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

SATISFIED WITH THE NATION'S DIRECTION
Then: 45% (1/01 NBC/WSJ poll)
Now: 26% (12/08 NBC/WSJ poll)

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (1985=100)
Then: 115.7 (Conference Board, January 2001)
Now: 38.0, which is an all-time low (Conference Board, December 2008)

FAMILIES LIVING IN POVERTY
Then: 6.4 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 7.6 million (Census numbers for 2007 -- most recent numbers available)

AMERICANS WITHOUT HEALTH INSURANCE
Then: 39.8 million (Census numbers for 2000)
Now: 45.7 million (Census numbers for 2007 -- most recent available)

U.S. BUDGET
Then: +236.2 billion (2000, Congressional Budget Office)
Now: -$1.2 trillion (projected figure for 2009, Congressional Budget Office)


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