George W. Bush’s presidential style is a study in contrasts. Behind the scenes, he is a ‘stickler for being prepared’, pushing briefers and speechwriters, but in public he makes it looks so easy.1 His looks like a casual presidency, appearing for a brief press conference with Tommy Franks on December 28 around 10:00am in jeans and western shirt, making a few bland comments. What you didn’t see was that he was up at 5:00, worked through a tone-setting video-conference with his national security team on Iraqi military plans and all that at his Crawford ranch, where people were assuming he was on holiday.