If the aide looks nervous, the President will think there’s something to be nervous about. So you look calm even when everything is going wrong.
No, that wasn’t about Condi Rice and foreign policy, but it might as well have been.
It’s been said that if you can keep your head when those about you are losing theirs, you probably have no idea how bad things are. GWB isn’t the first boss to try to raise that wisecrack to the status of a management principle, but he may be the first President to do so.