In our fondest dreams, the Worst. President. Evah. would have been out the door the day after Nov. 4.
A new national poll suggests that three out of four Americans feel President Bush's departure from office is coming not a moment too soon.
Seventy-five percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday said they're glad Bush is going; 23 percent indicated they'll miss him.
"Earlier this year, Bush scored some of the lowest presidential approval ratings we've seen in half a century, so it's understandable that the public is eager for a new president to step in," said Keating Holland, CNN polling director.
CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider added, "As President Bush prepares to leave office, the American public has a parting thought: Good riddance. At least that's the way three-quarters feel."
The only point about this poll I found puzzling: "Twenty-eight percent of those polled say President Bush is the worst president in U.S. history."
That seems way too low. Expect it to climb in the coming years.
Of course, Bush's legacy tour has been trying to repair the damage. But it's like a cat kicking some sand over its just-completed dump. Hot air and B.S. simply can't cover over the economic wreckage, the foreign-relations deterioration, and the long-term disaster that has been W.