Suppose that you had been president for eight years and had spent weeks preparing your farewell address to the American people. You want everyone to be tuned in and paying attention. What news story could possibly be big enough to distract hundreds of millions of people? How about a jet airliner losing both engines and making a forced landing in the frigid Hudson River? What are the odds of that? No U.S. jet airliner has ever had to land in the water. Of course it would make an even more improbable and therefore compelling story if all the passengers and crew simply walked out of the floating airplane onto the Circle Line cruise boat.
Maybe God hates George W.