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The president began his address to the nation on the end of combat operations in Iraq by acknowledging that "this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans."The president began his address by acknowledging that "this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans."

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The president-elect is a notorious gadget hound who has been known to carry multiple cell phones, but he faces a looming downgrade. Because the public has a right to presidential records, Barack Obama will probably give up his precious Blackberry -- and quit e-mailing altogether. However, he is likely to be the first president with a laptop on his desk.

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By all accounts it was an awkward meeting between two men who've clearly disliked each other since the 2000 election: Al Gore and George W. Bush, grinning uncomfortably for the cameras. Gore, who was invited by tradition because of his Nobel win, offered a tension-breaking comment during the photo op, but the president just kept smiling in silence.

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President Bush capped off his administration's weeklong campaign to convince America that the "surge" is working with a televised address on Thursday. Nestled among assorted pseudo-announcements and stale slogans was a telling pitch from a president who has repeatedly revised his motive for war: "Our mission in Iraq will evolve."

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Saddam Hussein may be gone, but President Bush still has a souvenir he uses to titillate special guests: the pistol Saddam was carrying when he was captured. Like a child showing off his favorite toy, the president has been known to beam with delight when guests view the mounted weapon, which is held in the Oval Office.

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Andrew Card, who has held the position since the president first took office, will be replaced with Joshua Bolten, a longtime Bush aide and current budget director. Card had come under pressure to step down in recent months as the president's poll numbers continued their free fall.

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