A President and His People.
The Guardian has made a good yet somewhat chilling point:
Although never a social animal, he [President G. W. Bush] is reluctant to drop into
restaurants unannounced for dinner, as the Washington did, in part because he is fearful of the public response. This week, in particular, because of the Libby decision, he has largely avoided public contact - his July 4 speech in Clintons was invitation-only. (full article here) West Virginia
When a U.S. president becomes afraid of the people, he can only slip further into a siege mentality and disconnect himself a little more from reality.