President George Bush's lame duck status was decisively designated by the fact that not a single syllable of Monday's State of the Union speech was deemed worthy of mention on any of the three newscasts. Only ABC made reference to the fact that the speech had even taken place. Anchor Charles Gibson only did so in order to engage in Kremlinological analysis of the body language on the House floor. Gibson scrutinized photographs taken by The New York Times of the interaction--or lack thereof--between rivals Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton. He turned away as she stretched out her hand to greet him. "A snub or not a snub?"
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