Announcing the changes during a Rose Garden ceremony, Bush made clear that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s job was safe, despite calls for Rumsfeld’s resignation from a half dozen retired military commanders.
“I hear the voices and I read the front page and I know the speculation,” the president said testily. “But I’m the decider and I decide what’s best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.”
He’s the decider.
The ruler of the free world, folks.