TRUE TO his gentleman's code, President Bush refrained from gloating the other evening as he stood before Congress, and listened and watched as wave after wave of applause washed over him, and standing ovations greeted various phrases in his half-hour speech.
The president certainly had reason to feel gratified.
Yet it is worth noting that humility, as much as pride, was the note that the president repeatedly struck last Wednesday evening.
This tells us a lot about George Bush as well. The president would be foolish to waste the political capital he has accumulated, but it is evident that Bush does not expect to settle scores or cause havoc or seek vengeance in the capital.