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30/11/2008 17:42:00 Bush Personality “This thing ain’t over. We’re gonna fight, okay? Don’t let ‘em smell defeat when  you walk out there. People are gonna read your body language.” Bush on the primary  loss in New Hampshire before a statement was going out. “You don’t ever get over losing,” George W. Bush replied to a friend that lost in a  congressional race. He’s a competitor by nature. 37 “But see, I’ve never had a fear of losing, I didn’t  like  to lose.” 36 The governor was not the passive recipient- his “useful impatience” (as one  participant would put it) ever on display, rather delighting in his ability to outwit the  brainiacs, drilling down to profound simplicity with questions like, “What do we have an  army for, anyway?” and never letting these Big-Thinkers forget who was in charge. -57 The president often described this fidelity to schedule as a courtesy bestowed on  others. “Whether it’s John McCain or an average citizen, they shouldn’t be kept waiting,”  he would say. When candidate Bush first received Secret Service protection and arrived  for a campaign event in Florida, it dismayed him to see the miles of blocked-off streets,  just as he hated to hear old ladies at the rope line greet him with,  I waited five hours in  the sun just to get a chance to shake you hand!  Was any of this really necessary? He  would ask his staff. -106 Bush moved through his schedule with type A vengeance. He was restless and  he hungered to compete. For a man thought to be leisurely, he seemed forever to be  racing the clock. He did not eat a meal so much as disappear it. Eighteen holes of golf- why not make it a contest of speed as well as skill? George W. Bush always did. IT  seemed a point of pride to him that he ould arrive at a finish line-any finish line-faster  than the next guy. And if he there was no other guy, only him…well, get it over with  regardless.-106      One of the senators explained that not everyone had arrived.      “Well, why aren’t they?” the president demanded.      “I’m not sure, sir. Maybe traffic’s bad.” Or maybe-though no one said it aloud- they had become accustomed to Clinton keeping them waiting for a half hour or more.
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      Bush said, “Let’s start. Next time they’ll know not to be late.”-107 “We’re not talking about public opinion,” he snapped. “I’m trying to figure out what  the right thing to do is.” But since no easy  answer was forthcoming, he proceeded to 
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