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Archive for December 26th, 2008

Apparently 23 percent of Americans are stand-up comedians or Fox News hosts

Posted by James McPherson on December 26, 2008

That’s the percentage of Americans who say they’ll miss President George W. Bush, according to a CNN poll. Less surprising is that 75 percent will be happy to see “the decider“–who already is questioning one of his own pardons, from less than a week ago–ride off into the sunset.

 Many Iraqis feel the same way, of course, to the point that Time magazine writes that the recent Bush “shoe bombing” will have an effect on that nation’s upcoming elections. In the meantime, retailers just wish Bush–or anyone–would go shopping.

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