Bush: the winsome hawk

January 15, 2009

WASHINGTON – The word of the day at the White House was winsome.

Not as in ‘you win some, you lose some,’ but just plain winsome as a description of President George BUSH/W. Bush’s mood five days before he relinquishes the presidency to Barack Obama.

“He’s not tired.  He just has a ton of energy,” Ed Gillespie, counsellor to Bush, told reporters. “I would say that he’s gotten a little more winsome.”

That raised the question of whether Gillespie had actually meant wistful since the Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of winsome is: “generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence” or cheerful, lighthearted.

White House spokeswoman Dana Perino later said perhaps reflective or wistful were the presidential sentiments. “I think wistful might have been the word.”

Presidential emotions were on display ahead of Bush’s farewell address to the American public.

When Bush praised long-time friend Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice he recalled that “during the darkest of days, she always had a sense of optimism and constantly reminded me of what is possible and what will happen if we don’t lose confidence in fundamental truths.”

Bush, who turns into a former president at noon on Jan. 20, will leave behind for his successor a note in a desk drawer,  in the tradition of those who left the Oval Office before him.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Bush attending State Department ceremony)


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all the hollywood celebrities are flying in to see the coronation, keep smiling mr bush thanks for the example ,no nastiness or back stabbing.i think you will probably have the last laugh.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Brian, there is a difference between a smile and a smirk.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Brian, just sit back and watch the next ship go down.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

yes spot on again tc,but on this ship will the band carry on playing?do not think so, i can see then all scampering down the mooring rope as it steams out of harbour.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive