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Bush Is the 'Picture of a Beaten Dog'

"With due respect and sympathy for the man, that was the picture of a beaten dog. That was the picture of presidential impotence right there."
In the wake of yesterday's congressional meltdown over the bailout bill, President Bush gave a speech this morning, meant to reassure the public and the volatile financial markets. Just four minutes long, the address expressed disappointment in Congress and warned that "the consequences will grow worse each day if we do not act."

Bush's speech is unlikely to have much of an effect. Immediately following the address, MSNBC turned to New York Magazine's John Heilemann, who commented:

I don't think that comforts anybody. I don't think that moves a single vote. With due respect and sympathy for the man, that was the picture of a beaten dog. That was the picture of presidential impotence right there. He looked terrible like his bell had been rung. He looked drawn to me.

The Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan added, "It strikes me lately, when the President talks about the economic crisis, that he seems like a commentator upon the crisis as opposed to the leader in the crisis. There is the sense that he is watching it saying we need to do something, as opposed to we will do something." Watch Bush's speech, followed by MSNBC's commentary:
Amanda Terkel is Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Deputy Editor for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.
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