Read this piece from Newsweek. Now try to imagine it being run when Bush was still in office. Look, I'm glad Bush is out. I don't happen to think he's the anti-christ like a lot of people, but it's clear he won't go down as one of our all-time great presidents.
But it makes me laugh (not in a good way) at how, now that we've got no Republicans to blame for things (Democrats control the White House and Congress, if you haven't heard), there are suddenly starting to appear stories about how things aren't really so bad. If you want more examples, go look at Slate (a site that generally leans left a bit with the exceptions of Hitchens and Kaus, and one I read often). The economy, the environment, the war -- nothing's quite as bad as it was 3 weeks ago.