“The courtesy of your hall is somewhat lessened as of late…”

President Bush's face in a video frame, looking a bit pale and old, next to an image of King Theoden, looking very pale and old.

Bush image seen on the front page of the NY Times, in the Video section.

My mind immediately leapt to this image upon seeing Bush’s paler, more vacant face. Please feel free to extend the metaphor, I just don’t have the time right now.