Poor Bush. The war he elected to start has him kind of depressed, according to this USA Today puff piece. Y'see, while Bush may preject all this steely-eyed resolve on TV,
Karl Rove the White House wants you to know, via the so-called "liberal media," that Bush really, really "feels our pain" about this war; that it isn't all "feels good."
The public face of President Bush at war is composed and controlled. On TV and in newspaper photos, he is sturdy and assured, usually surrounded by military personnel. But those choreographed glimpses of Bush's commander-in-chief persona don't tell the whole story. Behind the scenes, aides and friends say, the president's role is more complicated and his style more emotional.
People who know Bush well say the strain of war is palpable. He rarely jokes with staffers these days and occasionally startles them with sarcastic putdowns. He's being hard on himself; he gave up sweets [ed: Oh, the humanity!] just before the war began. He's frustrated when armchair generals or members of his own team express doubts about U.S. military strategy. At the same time, some of his usual supporters are concerned by his insistence on sticking with the original war plan.
Interviews with a dozen friends, advisers and top aides describe a man who feels he is being tested. As might be expected from loyal aides, they portray the president as steady, tough and up to the task, someone whose usual cheer has shifted to a more serious demeanor. Their observations yield a rare inside look at how the president functions in a crisis.
Friends say the conflict is consuming Bush's days and weighing heavily on him. ''He's got that steely-eyed look, but he is burdened,'' says a friend who has spent time with the president since the war began. ''You can see it in his eyes and hear it in his voice. I worry about him.''
Genuinely pathetic. I've been worried about Bush since Day 1, and I've been saddened to see much of my pessimism all too prescient. It breaks my heart to see the Responsibility President all petulant that the war he chose isn't quite the cakewalk it was supposed to be.
(via Daily Kos)