Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Bush's Image

This is from today's Washington Post:
Judging from the blistering analyses in Time, Newsweek, and elsewhere these past few days, it turns out that Bush is in fact fidgety, cold and snappish in private. He yells at those who dare give him bad news and is therefore not surprisingly surrounded by an echo chamber of terrified sycophants.

It amazes me how quickly things can turn in Washington. Even at the beginning of the summer, with his approval falling, you would never have found aides dishing like this. But now that blood is clearly in the water, those close to the President are starting to leak unflattering views about the boss.

It remains to be seen if this impression begins to sink in among the public, but among the politicos, the picture that will probably last for the next three years is that of someone surrounded by yes-men and shaded from reality.