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When we considered how to approach this issue, our first assumption was that by the time this Independent hit the streets on Thursday, Nov. 6, everyone would've digested most of the big news related to Tuesday's election.

That would leave us to provide a bit of local perspective, via news stories and columns. But we felt there was something bigger at work here that we couldn't ignore that we, as individuals and a collective, would be moving our politically exhausted selves from one era into another. And that, we agreed, would be the biggest story of the week.

Out of that agreement, an idea was born: Since we've reached the beginning of the end of George W. Bush's regime, how about commemorating it? What started as a bunch of one-liners shot back and forth in a couple meetings evolved into a staff project providing thoughts and guidance to help all of us celebrate each of the remaining days in Bush's presidency. We tried to have fun, with Rich Tosches setting the stage.

After all, here we are: It's Nov. 6, and Barack Obama has won. John McCain has lost. And it's time for all of us, locally and nationwide, to deal with the fallout of the past eight years. So with the countdown to the election finally over, we hope you enjoy our countdown to inauguration day.


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