President Bush brought the nation together, all right—it united against him, Rosa Brooks writes in the Los Angeles Times. It's easy to feel disdain for the guy responsible for the war and the economy, the guy who said our enemies "never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we." But "after W, who are we going to laugh at?"
Late-night hosts spoiled by 8 years of a "sure-fire crowd-pleaser" aren't looking forward to Barack Obama, because he's "just not funny. He speaks in full, coherent sentences. Basically, he's a killjoy." But in a way, Obama has Bush to thank for his popularity. "I wonder if that positive vision would have resonated so much if Americans weren't already fired up with anger at Bush," Brooks writes.