When it comes to federal spending, George W. Bush is the boy who cant say no. In each of his three years at the helm, the president has warned Congress to restrain its spending appetites, but so far nobody has pushed away from the table mainly because the president doesnt seem to mean what he says.
The newly passive George Bush has become something of an embarrassment.
No president has looked this impotent this long when it comes to defending presidential powers and prerogatives.
There's no consensus on cutting the budget, solving the illegal immigration problem, tackling the looming meltdown of Medicare and Social Security or making a concerted effort to win the hearts of minority voters.
Tommy Franks and the coalition forces have demonstrated the old axiom that boldness on the battlefield produces swift and relatively bloodless victory. The three-week swing through Iraq has utterly shattered skeptics' complaints.
It's always an honor to be considered in such stories, to be mentioned.
President Bush hates responding to the press, hates responding to political enemies ? he thinks it's beneath him. He's got a stubborn streak.
One of the reasons I took the job is not only because I believe in the president, because believe it or not I want to work with you.
These are times that are going to be very challenging. We've got a lot of big issues ahead and we've got a lot of important things that all of us are going to be covering together. And I am very excited and I can't wait.
At this particular juncture I think what you want is as much honest counsel as you can get.
It makes no sense to pack an auditorium with 5,000 people and then tell them to keep quiet.
Many people don't give a rip about politics and know as much about public affairs as they know about the topography of Pluto.
Sometimes, political campaigns make decent people act and talk like perfect buffoons.
Voting is a right best exercised by people who have taken time to learn about the issues.
We've got to rebuild human hearts - and persuade people that hope isn't just possible, but essential.