What does “the decider” decide?

President Bush made a characteristic error this morning while speaking to the press:

[O]n Friday I stood up and said, I don’t appreciate the speculation about Don Rumsfeld; he’s doing a fine job, I strongly support him. […] I listen to all voices, but mine is the final decision. And Don Rumsfeld is doing a fine job. He’s not only transforming the military, he’s fighting a war on terror. He’s helping us fight a war on terror. I have strong confidence in Don Rumsfeld. I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I’m the decider, and I decide what is best. And what’s best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the Secretary of Defense.

Actually, the President does not “decide what is best”. He decides what he wants.

And what he wants is not always for the best.

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