- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2008

President Bush made an unorthodox appearance via videotape on the television game show “Deal or No Deal” Monday night. Ostensibly there to wish contestant Joseph Kobes, an Army captain and Iraq war veteran, luck, the president also allowed that he was “thrilled to be anywhere with high ratings these days.” Herein, perhaps, lies a way to rescue the Bush legacy.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition — Jimmy Carter-style, the president dons a carpenter’s utility belt and helps build a home for a New Orleans family that has been living in a FEMA trailer since Hurricane Katrina.

24 — The role of U.S. president is filled by actor D.B. Woodside. Next best thing: President Bush plays a senior administration aide who excoriates Jack Bauer for his use of harsh interrogation techniques.

American Idol — You want ratings? The Fox juggernaut is still chugging strong, and here, the president could croon the ultimate defiant swan song, “My Way”: “Regrets, I’ve had a few/But then again, too few to mention/I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption.”

Dancing With the Stars — Actress Marlee Matlin appeared on the ABC hit to prove that “just because you’re deaf doesn’t mean you can’t dance.” The president could one-up Miss Matlin and prove that just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you can’t dance.

CSI — Just in case the search for weapons of mass destruction hasn’t been entirely exhausted.

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