May 18th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Just the Two of Us

Just the Two of Us

By Dana Milbank
Friday, May 18, 2007; A02


For President Bush, the sensation must have been akin to watching his own funeral.

Bush's closest ally, Tony Blair, was on his final visit to the White House before the British prime minister, now deeply unpopular, leaves office. The first British questioner got right to the point about Blair's undoing, asking Bush: "Do you think you're partly to blame?"

"Could be," Bush replied, breezily.

A few years ago, both men were brash and highflying leaders. But in recent days, polls on both sides of the Atlantic have given Bush and Blair matching scores: the support of only 28 percent of their people. Just as the failures in Iraq have weighed down the Bush presidency, so did Blair's unstinting support of Bush and the Iraq war cause his own political demise, after a decade in power.

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