Aside from the politics, I don't think I've ever seen a president look as flustered and awkward as President Bush did tonight in his press conference. It was painful to watch. Granted, he faced some tough questions that would not be easy to tackle, but he had lost his normal confidence and simply wandered... even having to ask a couple of times what the question was. I remember President Carter in his last year during the hostage crisis looking old, and incredibly weary, and that is what President Bush is starting to look like, although even at his worst, President Carter was much more comfortable answering questions. I guess it is no wonder that Bush has had so few news conferences, and I'm betting that John Kerry will have a tough time getting him to debate any more than absolutely necessary. The open ended Q&A clearly doesn't play to President Bush's strengths, even though he had to have been expecting some of these questions.
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