This selection from the piece pretty much says it all:
On his job and his rug: “My job is a job to make decisions. I’m a decision — if the job description were, ‘What do you do?’ — it’s decision-maker. And I make a lot of big ones, and I make a lot of little ones. Interestingly enough, the first decision I made happened right before I got sworn in as president. I was at the Blair House, which is across the street from the White House, getting ready to give my inaugural address. And the phone rang, and the head usher at the White House said, ‘President-elect Bush.’ I said, ‘Yes.’ He said, ‘What color rug do you want in the Oval Office?’ I said, ‘This is going to be a decision-making experience.’
“The first lesson about decision-making is, if you’re short on a subject, ask for help. So if you’re a student listening and you’re not very good at math, ask for help. Don’t be afraid to admit that you need help when it comes to life. I wasn’t afraid to admit I wasn’t sure how to design a rug, so I called Laura. I said, ‘They’ve asked me to design a rug in the Oval Office; I don’t know anything about rug designing; will you help me?’ She said, ‘Of course.’ But I said, ‘I want it to say something’ — the president has got to be a strategic thinker — and I said to her, ‘Make sure the rug says ‘optimistic person comes to work.’ Because you can’t make decisions unless you’re optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to a better tomorrow.”
How many more days until 1/08?