What's Wrong With Bush?

Nothing -- except a free fall in the polls, a sputtering economy and a near revolt within his panic-stricken party. No wonder his mood is grim.

As a stony-faced George Bush struggled through a week of plunging approval ratings, sluggish economic-growth figures and angry sniping from his fellow Republicans, his personal physician, Dr. Burton Lee, mused on the fierce "predatory" impulses that politicians and journalists share with beasts of the jungle. "The second somebody looks like he's on the ropes," Lee said, mixing metaphors, "the hyenas come circling and howling around him. Then some people say, 'Oh my, he doesn't look well!' "

In response to persistent and unsubstantiated rumors that Bush is ill, Lee insisted that the President was in "excellent health." But Lee and others...

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