Frustration Nation

Like past Presidents, Bush becomes introspective. Momentarily

George W. Bush has always been suspicious, even contemptuous, of introspection. "I don't spend a lot of time looking in the mirror," he once bragged, "except when I comb my hair." Last week, though, he suddenly yielded to reporters' endless, and hitherto fruitless, efforts to plumb his moods. Days after aides had taken pains to tell reporters the President had not expressed frustration in a meeting about Iraq, Kelly O'Donnell of NBC pressed, "But are you frustrated, sir?"

"Frustrated?" he replied. "Sometimes I'm frustrated. Rarely surprised. Sometimes I'm happy ... But war is not a time of joy. These aren't joyous...

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