President Bush marched into his year-end news conference last week with the usual zip in his step. As always, he professed little worry about his legacy or the polls. As always, he said the United States would win in Iraq. The nation might despair, but not Mr. Bush; his presidential armor seemed firmly intact.
Yet a longtime friend of Mr. Bush’s recently spotted a tiny crack in that armor. “He looked tired, for the first time, which I hadn’t seen before,” this friend said.
And it goes on from there, the author, Stohlberg, doing her best imitation of our Ms. Bumiller (currently on leave to write a biography of the Fabulous Condi - working title: Investing in Freedom, the Story of a Girl Diplomat). She even quotes People magazine as she hits all the same notes of concern that Ignatius does for our brave leader, who is now fighting alone the illegal war he started. Alone, that is, if you don't count the thousands of people actually doing the killing and the dying.
The difference? Ignatius' piece was on the op-ed page. The NYT put their love letter in the news.