The Moment

9|2|08: St. Paul

George W. Bush retires in 4 1/2 months, and he's going home to a place where there are no hurricanes. Neither big ones, like Katrina, that find a nation unprepared and send a President's approval rating to the bottom of a storm-ravaged sea, nor little ones, like Gustav. Bush was ready for Gustav, for what it's worth.

Central Texas is a land of dry grass, live oaks and the slow, brown waters of the Trinity and the Brazos, sanctified by the likes of John Wayne and Glenn Ford. Folks there would give Bush a third term if they could; you could...

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