Because cons will use the Dow @ 13,000 to trumpet "The Bush Economy" (and pooh pooh it when the market drops) lets go over the record, again.
Dow close on Bush's swearing in (1/20/01): 10,587
Dow today: 13,000
Dow close on Clinton's swearing in (1/20/96): 3,254
Dow on Clinton's last day (1/20/01): 10,587
So, President Bush has 9 21 months to get the Dow to 17,920 in order to match the Clinton-era Dow.