In an interview last night, Bush was asked why only 41 percent of Americans approve of his handling of the economy. ABC News’ Betsy Stark said, “Can that be summed up in one word? Can that be summed up as Iraq?” Bush responded, “I think so, yeah,” adding, “We’re in a time of war, and war’s unsettling. War’s negative.”
Stark asked Bush why 67 percent of Americans believe he doesn’t understand the problems of average people. Bush said, “I think it’s ’cause of the war again, and I think people are feeling pretty down about, kind of, things ’cause of the war.”
Boy, is it frustrating when your oversight of two wars and the economy are going so amazingly well-- according to cowed staffers-- but people insist on doubting you because of all those pesky reports of record casualties, war profiteering, job growth that's the worst in 75 years, soaring costs for homes, healthcare and education, executive pay skyrocketing while others' income drops, pension guarantees being wiped away, job outsourcing, gas prices and other stuff with which the Bush family is acutely aware given their hardscrabble past.