Of course, in his recent press conference with Tony Blair, Bush wasn't ham-fisted about everything, and for that we should commend Our President.
Pressed on mistakes in Iraq, Mr Bush admitted some of his rhetoric might have been misjudged. "Saying 'bring it on,' kind of tough talk, you know, that sent the wrong signal to people," he said.
"I learned some lessons about expressing myself maybe in a little more sophisticated manner - you know, 'wanted dead or alive,' that kind of talk."
Now that Mr. Bush is leaving the Jon Bon Jovi school of political discourse, America will have to project its will by other means.