Iraq is in a civil war, the administration’s domestic agenda has stalled and Bush’s approval ratings are mired in the the thirties. But Brit Hume interviewed the president and he wants you to know that none of it has affected his mood.
Previewing the interview, Hume reported that “His spirits are good, his atmosphere is — you know, his attitude is confident. He seems confortable, he seems to enjoy the work.” Watch it:
His spirits are good, his atmosphere is — you know, his attitude is confident. He seems confortable, he seems to enjoy the work. He said the burden of this office is not heavy, it’s light.
He’s fine, he’s in good spirits. Now, look, Neil, you and I have been around a long time, and you can smell this embattled, troubled quality on a politician at 100 yards. It’s not there.
This interview, Shep, I was not in the presence of a man who gave off that sense, and you can always smell it, of being an embattled politician.