"It does look like a great eight years, aside from the last quarter, unfortunately," Edward P. Lazear, chairman of Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, said in a recent interview. "In the long term, things look good. The reason things look good is this economy will rebound, and it will rebound strongly. . . . We expect things to turn around, and I would say early in President Obama's administration."
Or hackish and dishonest, take your pick. And this is the guy charged with giving Bush advice on the economy.
"It was a great cruise, aside from hitting that iceberg. We'll be up and steaming along at 20 knots again in no time" -- Navigator of the Titanic
"It was an awesome flight, aside from that little fire. We'll have this cleaned up and be on our way back to Paris in time for dinner on the Champs Elyse. " -- Flight engineer of the Hindenburg
"You're doing a heckuva job, Brownie." -- George W Bush