• The president [George W. Bush] broke his bond with the public. Once that bond was broken, he no longer had the capacity to talk to the American public. State of the Union addresses? It didn't matter. Legislative initiatives? It didn't matter. P.R.? It didn't matter. Travel? It didn't matter.

    "Farewell To All That: An Oral History Of The Bush White House" by Cullen Murphy and Todd S. Purdum, February 2009.
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