The office of President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement yesterday stating that they would be willing to postpone the January 20th inauguration for an unspecified period of time due to the "unprecedented set of crises the nation faces".
"We as a nation are in the midst of an economic crisis the likes of which haven't been seen since the 1930's" said Tony Alvaro, an Obama team spokesman. "And, as if that wasn't enough, we have new turmoil in the Middle East, an ongoing energy crisis and domestic problems that will only get worse over the next few months. Now is not the time for a change in leadership. What we need right now is continuity until we are able to get these problems under control."
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) agrees. "You don't want to change drivers in the middle of the Indy 500, that's just plain stupid." Reid denied accusations that the Democrats were seeking to avoid dealing with these problems by delaying the Presidential transition. "Absolutely not! All we are suggesting is that perhaps it would be wise to postpone the transition until we have a handle on the problems our nation faces, rather than rush into any kind of leadership changes at this time."
President Bush, however, disagrees. "Oh no, no, no, no!" he said during a press conference at his Crawford, Texas ranch. "They (Democrats) wanted this, they got it. They won the thing fair and square. The people have spoken, and I'm in agreement. What the nation needs now is change, you know, change you can believe in. Well, I'm a believer. It's time for a new direction, and Obama is just the man to lead our nation in that new direction. As for me and Laura, we're all packed up and ready to go- on January 20th."
When asked if he would be willing to consider staying on a few more months, Bush was adamant. "Hell no! I'm outta here. I've got brush to cut here on the ranch, the roof needs fixing, got to recaulk some of the windows...we've been away for 8 years, and Laura's "honey-do" list has gotten quite long." He paused for a moment, then went on.
"God, I can't WAIT for January 20th!"