I just finished reading Ron Suskind's book about ex-Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil - "The Price of Loyalty". In that book O'Neil more or less confirms what most of us have believed since day one of the Bush Presidency - that Bush is a dolt figure head and Cheney is the power behind the thrown. According to O'Neil it was Cheney who both hired and fired him. No wonder Bush and Cheney have to meet with the 9/11 commission together. There is no way Bush could handle it by himself.
On a similar note, here is an article today in the Washington Post about Bush spends 40% of his time.
"Democrats criticized Bush for taking the Easter-week vacation while U.S. forces are struggling to put down an uprising in Iraq. Campaigning in Milwaukee, Sen. John F. Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, said: "I notice President Bush is taking some days off down at Crawford, Texas, and I'm told that when he takes days off, you know, he totally relaxes: He doesn't watch television, he doesn't read the newspapers, he doesn't make long-term plans, doesn't worry about the economy. I thought about that for a moment. I said, sounds to me like it's just like life in Washington, doesn't it?"
This is Bush's 33rd visit to his ranch since becoming president. He has spent all or part of 233 days on his Texas ranch since taking office, according to a tally by CBS News. Adding his 78 visits to Camp David and his five visits to Kennebunkport, Maine, Bush has spent all or part of 500 days in office at one of his three retreats, or more than 40 percent of his presidency.
The anti-Bush group America Coming Together issued a news release yesterday noting that Bush was on his ranch on Aug. 6, 2001, when he received a crucial intelligence briefing that was prominent in Rice's testimony yesterday."