January 20th, 2009
11:49 AM ET
11 years ago

Schneider: Bush exits on a low note; Obama enters on a high

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bush goes out on a wave of disapproval and discontent. Since World War II, only Richard Nixon went out with less public support - and Nixon resigned. For the last couple of years, we’ve seen a brisk sale of calendars counting the days down until today, when President Bush leaves office.

Barack Obama comes in on an unprecedented wave of good will - not just because he is the nation’s first African-American President, but also because he aims to break barriers. He is a new generation, unencumbered by the culture wars of the sixties. He can speak a language of faith that many Democrats are uncomfortable with. His appointments and his policies reach across lines of party and ideology. And he said throughout the campaign that his aim was to deliver what Bush promised and failed to deliver – to be a uniter, not a divider.

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  1. Madattheworld

    This is a sad moment for republicans....It's a sad moment for me.

    January 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Everest in KS

    Oh God what have we done.

    January 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  3. Duop Wuol, Colorado Springs, CO

    The true meaning of the United States of America as the world’s most democratic nation has just began.

    January 20, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. susie

    The MSM has been very brutal to President Bush.

    January 20, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. Pete

    the age of stupidity and bad leadership is almost upon us. So, let's go out and celebrate with a $150M party for someone that has nothing to show for his endeavors as a senator and soon to be president. Let's rejoice that we as a country have appointed someone with no experience to take us into the next 4 years. I give you the next President of the United States – Barack Obama. Buckle up people – next stop oblivion. First big mistake of the new milennium – nice job!

    January 20, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  6. PDX Gal

    Bush had the good will of the American people right after 9/11. We all stood ready to do our part. He took that good will and squandered it and insulted it.

    I hope and feel that Obama will do much much better.

    January 20, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Joel

    From this elevation, how can anyone not fall? As another blogger asked - can America stand the emotional whiplash of going from hating it's president to loving its president? And can we brace for the inevitable disappointment we will collectively or individually face? I cannot imagine the pressure that our new president will feel - just because of the ecstasy surrounding his entrance into the job.

    January 20, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  8. Janey

    Rude, disrespectful speech–rude, disrespectful MSM toward Pres Bush–Obama flubbed his lines.....first of many mishaps.

    January 20, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. dennis o

    It was the Chief Justice who flubbed the line not our President

    January 20, 2009 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |