Possibly doomed, but not defensive

President Bush, commenting on a public opinion survey that showed a slight uptick in his approval rating:

“There was a poll that showed me going up yesterday, not to be on the defensive,” [Bush] told Australia’s Channel 9 television, according to an Associated Press report. “Actually, I’m in pretty good shape, politically. I really am. I didn’t mean to sound defensive. But I am. Politicians, by the way, who pay attention to the polls are doomed, trying to chase opinion when what you need to do is lead, set the tone.”

Doomed, you say?

And stop worrying, Mr. President. You don’t sound the least bit defensive.