Just What Is Bush Really Like?
I try not to comment on Bush much since there's more than enough people doing that already, but I found this interesting article on Bush and the goings on in his inner circle. The author, Bruce Bartlett, is a conservative commentator that used to be the head honcho at the National Center for Policy Analysis. I understand he got canned from there for being too critical of Bush.
The picture he paints of Bush is a bit different than the impression I've been under. I've always felt, since at least a few months after he was first elected, that Bush isn't much more than a stuffed shirt. Seems to me he doesn't really have strong opinions on political issues but simply defers to advisors in his inner circle and goes along with whatever they say to do. The fact that he supposedly doesn't read newspapers, among other things, reinforces my feelings. I think that's also why he doesn't do well expressing himself and defending "his" policies. He doesn't have strong, well thought out personal feelings on issues so he only responds to questions with answers he's been provided with by staff.
Maybe Bartlett and the writers of the Newsweek article he refers to are right. Or, maybe we're both right and Bush is a mix of the two. Either way, I'll be glad when he's gone. Unfortunately, his successor, whoever it might be, won't likely be much of an improvement, if any improvement at all.