Fate of the Union

Forgive the President for appearing exceedingly relaxed during his last State of the Union. Sporting the air of resignation that a student council president uses when reminding revelers to drive home safely from the prom -- long after the cool kids have moved on to hotel rooms and tomorrow’s conquests -- President George W. Bush struck both accusatory and pleading tones while addressing both houses of Congress in his bid to make the most of his final year in office. With no GOP presidential candidates in attendance (McCain didn’t bother to return from stumping in Florida), Hillary Clinton chumming with Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd, and Barack Obama sitting side-by-side with newfound cheerleader Ted Kennedy (and one seat away from Colorado’s Ken Salazar), all that was missing from Bush’s 53-minute lame-duck speech was Bob Dylan in the First Lady’s Box whistling “The Times They Are A-Changin.’”

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Patricia Calhoun co-founded Westword in 1977; she’s been the editor ever since. She’s a regular on the weekly CPT12 roundtable Colorado Inside Out, played a real journalist in John Sayles’s Silver City, once interviewed President Bill Clinton while wearing flip-flops, and has been honored with numerous national awards for her columns and feature-writing.
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