The new George Bush

If I hadn’t already lost all patience with the President for his first five years of swaggering I could almost like him now.

A strangely humble President Bush joined Prime Minister Tony Blair in a White House press conference yesterday. (Tony’s political career has been wrecked because the Brits didn’t like Bush’s swagger either) Bush almost sounded like the man who campaigned for President in 2000 by saying that the United States should act on the world stage with humility. Instead America has been humiliated. The humble pie Bush confessed that saying such things as “Bring it on” really hadn’t been helpful.

I’m not sure this new more honest tack will help him keep support for the war. The 70% of Americans who think the war was a mistake will not change their minds. The 30% that is sticking with Bush may actually miss his swagger.

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