Bush the Autocrat

George W. Bush may or may not be a dictator, but it’s clear he likes wielding power unopposed, as Elizabeth Drew (the name is familiar — wasn’t she a sometimes presence on the McGlaughlin Group some years ago? She was on some talking head show…) writes in the New York Review of Books:

Bush’s own overweening attitude toward the presidency is clear from his behavior. He bristles at being challenged. He told Bob Woodward, “I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the president. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say something, but I don’t feel I owe anybody an explanation.” His comment, “I’m the decider,” about not firing Rumsfeld, is in fact a phrase he has used often.