It’s a phenomenon that I’ve been noting with interest for many years, that the presidency takes a heavy toll, and makes a man look older. The only president in my lifetime that didn’t look a little thrashed by the pressure of being The Decider was John Kennedy, only because he was assassinated while he was still pretty young. And even so, he had severe back pain, having been injured in WWII.
Mr. Bush has been the exception until recently; he’s been so healthy and physically unfazed by the rigors of power that it was a little twisted. He doesn’t look like a mountain biker now though, does he? So all of you who feel the nation, perhaps the world, have been royally hosed by this man’s poor judgment can take a bit of solace, knowing that maybe he’s not just steeped in ignorant bliss. Perhaps it’s dawning on his subconscious that his legacy is going to hell on horseback.