Ready For His Close-Up

Familiar sorts of final-days-of-an-administration presidential press coverage: legacy-tending; exit interviews; and, side-by-side My, how the president has aged images. On the front page of today’s Wall Street Journal, “Then and Now” photos of President Bush, from January 2001 and from yesterday’s press conference.

Meanwhile, the New York Times presents on its front page today six shots of Bush all from yesterday’s press conference, featuring an array of facial expressions (caption: “In 47 minutes, passion, defiance, reflection, light-heartedness, and finally, a thought on coffee”), and does the “then and now” thing in the text (“At 62, he is grayer and a bit more wrinkled now…”)

More on how various news orgs covered the press conference to come…

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.