George W. Bush, on his role post-presidency
- as recession worsens, voters blame Reagan
- in off year elections, Democrats gain 27 seats, retaining majority. In senate, no change. Democrats control majority of state houses.
- Reagan’s popularity plummets to 35%
- Reagan wins electoral vote 525-13
“Republicans will pick up seats in the midterm elections this year and the next day pundits on tv will say it’s all over for Obama. I just want you to keep in mind what history tells us.” —my professor
Senior Obama administration officials acknowledged in interviews that the lines of authority were fuzzy in Haiti on the day of the rescue mission, Jan. 18. And they said that American officials concerned about the well-being of the children had allowed Mr. Rendell to remove them from Haiti even though they had not received clear authorization to travel by the Haitian government and were not in the process of being adopted by American families, as required by a United States humanitarian parole policy announced the day Mr. Rendell landed in Haiti. “This wasn’t supposed to happen this way,” said one senior State Department official, who like others asked not to be identified in order to speak candidly about the episode.” —Questions Surface After Haitian Airlift - NYTimes.com