Let's be honest.
Much as I have been waiting and waiting for this moment, George W. Bush already left the stage, if not the building, a good while back. He's been talking about his "legacy" ever since he came to power, and he's talked of little else for the past few months, even while the world crashes around his ears.
So any sense of joy at his long overdue departure is tempered by grim realities.
I think we now live in a world where decency and integrity have gone out the door, perhaps for good, and we're just going to have to adjust to that. You cannot expect your government to do the right thing, not unless they are pushed, and even then only if they can see some clear self-interest in it. You cannot trust businesses to do the right thing either. And nobody will ever be held accountable again unless they can't afford to buy themselves out of trouble.
I guess this is what it feels like to live in a Third World country where corruption is deeply entrenched. Who'd a thought, eh?
Ted Rall and Tom Toles capture the mood (for me anyway). And Pat Oliphant too...