A national treasure
God bless Gene Lyons (dated link):
Ever since 9/11, Bush has cast himself as a "wartime president," a stalwart protector of the nation who never hesitates and appears incapable of admitting error. It’s almost as if the White House feared that for Bush to concede a mistake would cause the carefully constructed façade of his presidency to collapse. Indeed, that’s the whole problem with infallibility as a political strategy. Somewhat like virginity, once gone, it’s gone forever.