“There’s steam coming out of [Bush’s] ears over the Foley thing,” someone close to Bush told the N.Y. Daily News. The president is reportedly likewise furious with administration insiders for being so candid with Bob Woodward for his new book.
N.Y. Daily News:
WASHINGTON - Suddenly, like the fierce “blue northers” that sweep across Texas each autumn, the political winds have turned bleaker for Republicans - and President Bush’s private mood has blackened accordingly.
... [F]riends, aides and close political allies tell the Daily News Bush is furious with his own side for helping create a political downdraft that has blunted his momentum and endangered GOP prospects for keeping control of Congress next month.
Some of his anger is directed at former aides who helped Watergate journalist Bob Woodward paint a lurid portrait of a dysfunctional, chaotic administration in his new book, “State of Denial.”
In the obsessively private Bush clan, talking out of school is the ultimate act of disloyalty, and Bush feels betrayed from within.
“He’s ticked off big-time,” said a well-informed source, “even if what they said was the truth.”
... Bush has complained, these sources said, that the scandal torpedoes furious GOP efforts to reenergize a dispirited political base - especially Christian conservatives.
“There’s steam coming out of his ears over the Foley thing,” someone who talks to the President regularly said. “The base is starting to get turned off again.”