Tuesday, October 25, 2005

White House in Emotional Turmoil

In Strangers on a Train, the carousel was going around so fast it started flying apart. I hear warped carousel music playing
"He's like the lion in winter," observed a political friend of Bush. "He's frustrated. He remains quite confident in the decisions he has made. But this is a guy who wanted to do big things in a second term. Given his nature, there's no way he'd be happy about the way things have gone."
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Presidential advisers and friends say Bush's demeanor is a mass of contradictions: cheerful and serene, peevish and melancholy. Also, he is occasionally lapsing into what he once derided as the "blame game."
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Bush is so dismayed that "the only person escaping blame is the president himself," said a sympathetic official, who delicately termed such self-exoneration "illogical."

However, I do recall he had similar emotional turmoil before the 2004 elections. He doesn't handle reality well, does he?

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