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Unformatted text preview: 30/11/2008 17:42:00 Bush Personality This thing aint over. Were gonna fight, okay? Dont 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 dont ever get over losing, George W. Bush replied to a friend that lost in a congressional race. Hes a competitor by nature. 37 But see, Ive never had a fear of losing, I didnt 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 its John McCain or an average citizen, they shouldnt 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 himwell, get it over with regardless.-106 One of the senators explained that not everyone had arrived. Well, why arent they? the president demanded. Im not sure, sir. Maybe traffics bad. Or maybe-though no one said it aloud- they had become accustomed to Clinton keeping them waiting for a half hour or more. Bush said, Lets start. Next time theyll know not to be late.-107 Were not talking about public opinion, he snapped. Im trying to figure out what the right thing to do is. But since no easy answer was forthcoming, he proceeded to the right thing to do is....
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