Think fast!

Whatever else you might say about him, Bush has quick reflexes.


Thomas Schaller
December 15, 2008 7:20PM (UTC)

George W. Bush has bad political instincts and reflexes, but you've got to give him this much: All that time spent working out has kept his physical reflexes sharp.

Seriously, he not only ducked Iraqi TV reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi's first and second thrown shoe, but he did it with a certain aplomb. He dodged each shoe just enough, but without looking like a spaz. Nor did he cower or duck down behind the podium. He even came up with the "size 10" joke later.

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If only Bush's ability to coolly avoid overreacting and avoid unnecessarily dramatic responses had somehow carried over to his war or income tax or torture or any number of other policies . . .


Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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