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).