A brief review – he did well.
President Bush often speaks haltingly, in starts and stops, with a nervous little shoulder twitch. In today’s press conference he spoke with confidence. He had good eye communication with each reporter, then moved to look at and address the whole press audience after starting the answer with the questioner. He had a light touch, using humor to disarm. But above all he spoke with authority. He was strong, in conviction (vocal tone) and manner, and with his words and statements. He took blame for Katrina, and on Social Security, Harriet Miers nomination and many other issues he stated forcefully what a leader should do to lead. You knew he was president.