The Presidency: Bush's Flight Into the Sunset

Bush's Flight Into the Sunset

NOT AIR FORCE ONE NOW, BUT AIR FORCE 28000. MISSION 1443. Presidential authority stripped, code changed for the last flight. Yet the same 747 jumbo jet that had taken George Bush more than half a million miles around the globe. The power wand of the Oval Office. So much the same but everything different.

Bush sat at the plane's window last Wednesday afternoon and watched the placid fields of Texas rise to claim him again. "Feels good," he said. No argument from his companions, many of whom had joined him when he began his presidential quest in 1978.

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