I was reading this AP story entitled: "New Orleans Mayor Calm After Talk With Bush," and I was blown away:
The cursing had stopped. The tears were gone. Mayor Ray Nagin returned from his
meeting with President Bush a picture of calm. He leaned back against a railing
in a hotel lobby that for the first time in nearly five days was devoid of stranded, sweating, and generally miserable tourists. "I feel much better. I feel like we've gotten everyone's attention and hopefully they'll continue to do what they're doing," Nagin said Friday night in the damaged downtown Hyatt hotel, where his temporary lodgings and command post have been set up since Hurricane Katrina made life in the Big Easy insufferable.
But this was the part of the story that got me:
Nagin said Bush gave him a hearty greeting and did not seem at all offended by
Nagin's earlier outburst.
I remember a few years back when Jimmy Carter said that Bush was doing a terrible job on just about everything...then Carter had to meet up with Bush at the White House and he tepidly apologized for the remark. Bush's response was something along the lines of, "Hey, don't worry about it." This is what you call confidence...a level of comfort with one's self that totally disarms a critic and helps one take control of a situation. Reagan had that ability, and it seems, so does Bush.