As this Washington Post article points out, the press seems to be turning on Bush a bit. In the past few days, articles in various publications have begun to protray Bush as more of who "he really is."
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. He is slow to comprehend concepts that don't emerge from his gut. He is uncomprehending of the speeches that he is given to read. And oh yes, one of his most significant legacies -- the immense post-Sept. 11 reorganization of the federal government which created the Homeland Security Department -- has failed a big test.
So why did it take five years for this Bush to appear in the media? Were people in the media that scared of him or did the White House have that much control over not only the media, but Bush too.
I've said for years now that Bush was a back room idea and compromise, in the late 90s a few conservative Republicans decided that Bush was going to be their man. He was going to be the down-home, conservative, neo-Reagan, and they were going to support him and force him though the GOP primaries. All along W has been along for the ride, he's never really been the one in total control of the situation or in power, the most obvious example is Sept. 11, 2001, the day itself where we found Bush... in a plane and far far away from Washington, DC. We were told that he was informed and in 'control' of the situation... but still why would the President be so far from the center and command of the situation, especially by early afternoon when all flights had been grounded? But back to my original point here, Bush (Nero) is the face of the movement, not the actual idea, intellect, or leader of it. He was a back room compromise mainly because those in that backroom (Rove, Chaney, and Rummy were probably three of many) knew that they could control Bush while letting him believe he was in power and control.