February 28, 2003
America hadn't seen the sun in 33 days. President George W. Bush had been inside under fluorescents for as long as he could remember, and was getting a tad loopy. He leafed through his speech one more time, noting the cursive "Stern Resolve" inked in the margin. W weighed the somber words of the speech against a dirty joke one of his frat brothers told him years ago. He stifled a smirk as he took the podium. "My fellow Americans," Bush said comfortingly. "I come to you on a dark day in American history." Outside, the rain continued to pound.