Bush is so dismayed that "the only person escaping blame is the President himself," said a sympathetic official, who delicately termed such self-exoneration "illogical."Bush's strength all along has been his faith in his staff and the American people really seem(ed) to respect his "strength" of character in standing beside those staffers who have failed, even those who have failed miserably.
With this last trace of what got Bush elected the second time gone, the administration's fall from grace will start sliding even faster. With 2006 elections, this Titanic sinking is going to more resemble a plane crash.
"This is not some manager at McDonald's chewing out the help," said a source
with close ties to the White House when told about these outbursts. "This is the
President of the United States, and it's not a pleasant sight."