President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger

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    But what happened to your mandate, Mr. President? You thought everyone would LOVE your idea for Social Security reform. You touted across the country, only allowing those who support you to attend your forums, and yet people have shot it down. You sung "Brownie's" praises and he was forced to resign. You are facing your lowest ratings ever. This is what you get when you are this divisive and when you ignore an emergency that affected thousands of people (let me go to California and play a guitar while people drown and are killed).

    President Struggles to Regain His Pre-Hurricane Swagger

    By Jim VandeHei and Peter Baker
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Saturday, September 24, 2005; A01

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Sept. 23 -- President Bush flew here ahead of Hurricane Rita on Friday to show command of a federal disaster response effort that even supporters acknowledge he fumbled three weeks ago.

    The president said he wanted to see the emergency response system from the ground floor at U.S. Northern Command headquarters. "I need to understand how it works better," he told reporters before leaving Washington. But Bush was also embarking on a broader, and possibly more important, mission: restoring strength and confidence in his presidency.

    A president who roamed across the national and world stages with an unshakable self-assurance that comforted Republicans and confounded critics since 2001 suddenly finds himself struggling to reclaim his swagger. Bush's standing with the public -- and within the Republican Party -- has been battered by a failed Social Security campaign, violence in Iraq, and most recently Hurricane Katrina. His approval ratings, 42 percent in the most recent Washington Post-ABC poll, have never been lower.

    A president who normally thrives on tough talk and self-assurance finds himself at what aides privately describe as a low point in office, one that is changing the psychic and political aura of the White House, as well as its distinctive political approach.

    In small, sometimes subtle but unmistakable ways, the president and top aides sound less certain, more conciliatory and willing to do something they avoided in the first term: admit mistakes. After bulling through crisis after crisis with a "bring 'em on" brashness, a more solemn Bush now has twice taken responsibility for the much-criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.

    The rest of the article is here, but I highly doubt that the Bush supporters will even read it.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/23/AR2005092302182.html


    Eventually, people's arrogance will catch up to them......(and this does not solely pertain to republicans--democrats too).
     
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    Why should anyone read it ?----these types of articles are a dime a dozen.
    You ever get anything new or creative?
     
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    Hmmm, so Stephanie starts about 4 threads bashing the anti-war protestors, and yet you say nothing to her about how these articles are a dime a dozen. You're really credible, aren' you?
     
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    Stephanie didn't challenge me to read them.
     
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    OMG. I'm done with you.
     
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    It was a rather fair article, it included accurate quotes from GOPers like Bill Kristol and numerous GOP congresmen. The president has lost his swagger, we'll see how long it takes to get it back.

    Social Security reform failed.
    The ACCURATE word on the war is not getting out there.
    etc etc.

    We got issues. Let's see if Pres. Bush moves beyond them or gets trapped in the failures of the 2nd term.
     
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    First of all this is from the post, a DNC mouthpiece, nothing really credible about the post.

    S.S. reform failed because of the pantywaists in congress, we'll see in 20 years where this welfare program is at.
     
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    Ah, Nato, thank you for pointing that out. Maybe I should have mentioned that Republicans were feeling the same way. Santorum, a huge Bush supporter, is distancing himself from Bush because he's worried about the 2006 senate election. I do think he stands a pretty good chance of losing, as his opponent is ahead of him by double digits. Buh bye Santorum.
     
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    First, I see absoutely nothing that has changed in the President since the hurricane. I just see that now he has motivation to push forward the Conservative agenda to help the poor better. Quite contrary to hurting the President, Katrina will help him show the nation how the conservative ideas are superior to Democrat deals

    Second, on what planet has social security reform failed? We haven't even put it up in Congress yet. How can it have failed if we havent even tried to pass it yet?

    Third, Nothing has changed in Iraq. The President still has complete support of the American people. In fact, a large amount of people want him to do even more in Iraq than he currently is doing.

    i think there are people in this country who still need to wake up from the Fantasy world of the 1990s and realize we are living in a new world.
     

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