"He loves his rug," said Nicolle Wallace, the White House communications director. "I've heard him describe it countless times." Sometimes Bush describes it as a metaphor for leadership. Sometimes he relates how Russian President Vladimir Putin admired the carpet. Sometimes he seems most taken by the lighting qualities. [Fred]Barnes notes that Bush delegated [rug design] to the first lady. "Typical of his governing style, though, he gave a clear principle as guidance: he wanted the rug to express the view that an 'optimistic person comes here,' " Barnes reports. "The rug she designed is sunshine yellow." "If you walk in that Oval Office," Bush said in Sterling, "I think you're going to say, just like you know it, 'This guy's optimistic.' "
Long before the shot heard 'round the world, Cheney took refuge from the burdens of leadership with an intricately crafted, Italian-made shotgun, Texas snake boots, a blaze-orange vest and the camaraderie of his fellow hunters. Stalking game birds through marshlands on horseback or from a truck, he has escaped the Washington political wars for days at a time. "Despite the blast of birdshot at Whittington, Cheney's friends described him as a careful, accurate gunman. He's 'an excellent shot,' Lott told reporters last week, adding mischievously, 'He never shot me.' Lott also noted that Cheney 'looks the part,' a virtual Field & Stream model in his hunting garb."