Farewell

Bush's Body Language

President Bush bid the nation farewell last night. How'd it go? Michael Crowley at The New Republic calls it "pretty weak tea. Fittingly for a Bush address, its center of gravity was a remembrance of September 11 and the hard choices it demanded, and a lot of treacly talk about the greatness of the American spirit." Crowley notes that there was "no real admission of error or regret. Rather, I thought Bush was conveying a sense of regret physically. His body language and facial expressions looked to me sheepish, contrite, and appealing for mercy in a 'I'm really not such a bad guy' kind of way."