As George W.Bush prepares to leave office, journalists are starting to reflect on the legacy he will leave.
The 43rd occupant of the Oval Office has been doing his best to shape that legacy, giving a number of media interviews, including his final press conference this afternoon, where admitted that mistakes had been made during his tumultuous 8 year stint in power.
The Washington Post has just created a page on the legacy Bush will leave behind, with archive material on the major events of his presidency, as well as excerpts from the work of Bob Woodward, who has written a number of books on his presidency.
Frank Rich, writing in yesterdayâ€™s Observer, looks likely to set the tone for much of the media comment on Bushâ€™s term in office that will undoubtedly follow, and unsurprisingly his assessment wasnâ€™t very positive:
â€œYou start to pity him until you remember how vast the wreckage is. It stretches from the Middle East to Wall Street to Main Street and even into the heavens, which have been a safe haven for toxins under his passive stewardship. The discrepancy between the grandeur of the failure and the stature of the man is a puzzlement. We are still trying to compute it.â€
Bush said today that he will cut a quiet figure once Barack Obama is inaugurated on 20th January, but the world is likely to feel the impact of his decisions whilst in office a long time after he has returned to his Texas ranch.
The US remains engaged in two wars, peace in the Middle East looks elusive as ever, and Bush's response to the growing financial crisis has so far proved inadequate.
A lot of expectation rests on the shoulders of his successor, Barack Obama, to sort out the mess Bush leaves behind.