A major 'character flaw' in Bush is that he is very arrogant.
For the most part, the country supports Bush's actions in the "War on Terrorism", but that's where his overwhelming support really dies down. Other than that, most issues are still divided. Plus, Bush has consistently backed himself in to a corner on issues.
Take Campaign Finance Reform, for example. He said that if the bill ever reached his desk, he would sign it. But in the campaign, he swore to the Republican party that he was totally against such a bill and would take action against it.
Then there is the new 'Shadow Government' revelation. Turns out that no one in Congress had even the faintest idea that this had gone in to effect. Even during the height of the Cold War and during the Cuban Missile Crisis when the world was at the very brink of Nuclear War, there was no shadow government.
Now we hear that the US had reason to believe that terrorists had a low yield nuclear device from Russia and that they were targeting NYC. Did anyone let even the Mayor of NY know? Of course not. So the President has kept secret all of these major secrets from the other branches of government. You might call it 'security', but I don't think that it's right that the Congress should be reading about these important issues in the Washington Post before they know the story from the President.
Then you have people like Ari Fleischer saying that the current turmoil in the Middle East is President Clinton's fault (Oh please.
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Then there was the whole "Axis of Evil" comment that I still think was out of hand. Like I've said before, if Iraq is not agreeing to the terms of our settlement with them from the Gulf War, then it's just about time to take out Saddam Hussein- something that George Bush (Sr.) didn't do the first time.
Then there's the September 11 relief that was supposed to go to NYC. The economy in NYC is not good right now, from what I've heard. My family was down in Manhattan about 2 weeks ago, and not only is the financial district in ruins (physically and economically), but uptown isn't much better. They said that the hotel they stayed in was fairly empty, the restaurant for the hotel was cut back to only being open on weekends, there were fewer people out and about, all of the shops that were open were having huge sales and had people on the streets begging them to go in, and they even were walking by very fancy restaurants (suit and tie type places) where they were asked to come in and eat for less than half price when they were wearing their 'regular' street clothes. Any way, the economy isn't doing as well as it should be, from what I've heard, and now Bush has cut back the amount of money that is going to go to the relief efforts.
Then there's Enron. While not affecting Bush yet, the administration has repeatedly refused to have the Vice President questioned about his energy policy meetings. My question is this: Why? Why won't they let him answer questions? Why won't he answer questions? Does he have something to hide? If he didn't, then I think he would say, "All right. I've got nothing to hide. I'm putting my cards on the table- this is what happened, this is who I met with." But he can't. So you just have to wonder what's going on there as well.
There's a lot more that I could write, but you get the basic ideas of why a lot of people aren't happy with Bush right about now.