David Frum: "an old and surely apocryphal anecdote about the changing headlines in the official French newspaper Le Moniteur in 1814:
'The monster has escaped Elba!'
'The tyrant has landed at Cannes!'
'Bonaparte meets the troops.'
'Napoleon approaches Paris.'
'His Imperial Majesty has entered the capital.'"
The first parallel to my mind was President Bush and the Middle East situation in a few years.