George W. Bush trusted the wrong people that would be his tragic flaw. As an honest man who believed in the good in humanity, President Bush believed that members of his Cabinet and those in Congress would have the best interest of the people in mind with regard to their decisions and suggestions.
Case in point, Hank Paulsen, Treasury Secretary, gave the President a sense of urgent need to pass a bail-out bill for the banks in the fall of 2008. His message was acted upon and it is almost as if Paulsen, who did not negotiate this bail-out effectively or with any assurances to the taxpayers, was acting to undermine him rather than fix the problem, it rings very Shakespearean with intrigue, mystery and a sense of conspiracy. Alas it is too late.
Politics is a dirty business, I often wonder why anyone with character and honesty would dare step into this arena. It is no wonder that at the end of his 8 year term, President Bush was so fatigued by the job.