George the Weary. Not a great President but not the villain some would have you believe. None the less, his political vanity is a detriment, however much it is in accordance with human nature.
Which means any issues that arise and require breaking something in order to put back together again in a more functional fashion will be side stepped and talked at. The recent Russia/Georgia "conflict" is evidence of this as the US response was late and anemic. If ex-Soviet states have learned one valuable lesson in the aftermath of this debacle it's that close ties with the US have limited benefits.
The Russian's should fly a "Mission Accomplished" banner. They've succeeded in painting US hegemony as a paper tiger (which in reality, it isn't) and showing the world they can expand their sphere of influence in violent fashion with little negative consequence.
The Bush Administration is likely focused much more on future history books than in heaping any new and complex issues onto it's already crowded plate. Hold course on Iraq and hope the trend of success continues, frantically cast about for a reverse course in a deteriorating Afghanistan, liberalize it's policies regarding Iran (a little bit) and finally engage the obligatory Arab/Israeli drama. No time or willingness to step into a mess like Ossetia, to throw American strength behind an ally we've long been behind in attaining NATO membership. Though I'm sure the people of Georgia were happy to know President Bush was "behind them" before he headed off to his ranch to hog some brush.