Reading Between The Lines

Reading Between The Lines

Bushed. In content if not in tone, that single word best describes the President's performance during his interview with TIME last Wednesday morning. As the polls regularly probe the magnitude of his problem, the President demonstrated again that the problem is he. Seated behind a bare desk in the Oval Office, Bush appeared tense and frosty. A combative, feisty session was telegraphed, but the President seemed intellectually spent. Especially during a high-stakes election campaign, a politician on top of his game pursues his own agenda. Old grudges are stowed. Interviews are perceived as opportunities. A case is made as inconvenient questions...

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