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Sometimes of course a picture is worth a thousand words. Last Thursday, as the economy stumbled, gasped, and stumbled again, President Bush made a statement to the press about how his administration was dealing with the crisis. Do you remember the event? Probably not, because almost nobody is paying any attention to anything the lame duck and unpopular 43rd president says or does right now. Today’s New York Times has an article about Bush’s increasing absence from the public stage as economic troubles overshadow the agenda for the rest of his term. Featured with the piece is this image by Jim Watson for Agence France-Presse/Getty Images. He snapped it as Bush departed after finishing his statement last week. –David Schonauer