Your theory wouldn't work in that example, because you would need to have some kind of relationship with George Bush in order for it to work. If you were, say, just a regular US citizen who thinks Bush's leadership skills are sub par, and you decided to work on your own leadership skills, I don't see how that would affect him.
Actually, you do have a relationship with George Bush. If you are a citizen, he is your President.
I think Steve's observation here is 100% applicable to reality, and in fact I think we're seeing the results of it now. How many people who complain constantly about "what a bad job" George Bush is supposedly doing are completely incompetent at their own, relatively unimportant jobs? Perhaps if people would concentrate on improving their own work, and uphold their own responsibilities more, they would see everyone else, including the President, start doing the same.
But more importantly, what if people just took some time to think about how important the Presidency is, and the fact that it's literally about the most stressful position you could be in? The entire world is literally riding on his shoulders. His spiritual welfare should be of the utmost importance to all of the citizens over which he presides. He does have a relationship with all of us. Some of us voted for him, and all of us are paying the taxes that run his government. He is our Commander-in-Chief, and our representative to the rest of the world. We have to live in this country under his administration. But since the very beginning, almost half of the American citizens have been wasting their emotional energy hating him, criticizing his every word and deed, wishing failure, misfortune, even death upon him, and sending him nothing but negative vibes. And this started even before he has committed a single act as President. It started before he was even inaugurated. Don't you think that this have affected him, not only on a conscious level, but on a subconscious and spiritual level as well? So if you've been doing this, don't you think you have some responsibility for manifesting the conditions which supposedly cause you such displeasure?
I have heard Bush say in numerous interviews that he is aware that many people in America and throughout the world (mainly Christians) are praying for him, and that he can "feel" the positive effect of this in his life. Critics have attacked him for this, saying its evidence that he's crazy. I absolutely believe him on this. If you believe in the power of prayer, or using spiritual power to manifest reality, then you have to believe that the emotions we project towards the President affect him. So what would it be like if everyone was praying for George Bush, not just the people who already like and/or voted for him? Because we all have to live here, whether we like him or not, and we should all want our country to be as strong and prosperous as possible. But apparently some people would be willing to see the country fail as a whole just for the pleasure of watching Bush fail, to verify that they were "right all along."
I have observed that people still tend to look upon their leaders with the same sort of magical worldview that ancient, primitive man once had. In many ancient cultures, they believed that the king had a magical affect upon the crops and the weather. If the crops failed, the king would be ritually sacrificed to appease the gods. It is similar to the way in which modern people believe that the economy is controlled by the Presidency, even though it has much more to do with the Federal Reserve and the banking system, as well as other market forces not under the direct control of any politician. Office-holders can affect the economy in various ways here and there, but it's nothing like the power that the Federal Reserve chairman has on monetary policy. The real "magical" affect that the President can have on the economy is that if people feel good about the President, they often feel good about the economy too. As I've discussed before, public confidence in money, and the government that issues it, is what's really responsible for the wealth of nations.
I saw this happen with Clinton. People loved Clinton because the economy grew while he was in office, and people believed that he was somehow responsible - just like th ancients believed the fertility of the land was the responsibility of the king. But in the case of George Bush, many people seem to have decided beforehand to blame him for every negative thing that would occur during his administration. The economy was already beginning to dip before he was inaugurated, but I believe the public's prejudicial hatred of Bush contributed largely to the worsening of it. Certainly the public is responsible for the irrational financial panic after 9/11 that caused such a severe reduction in spending and hiring in the months that followed. And we are still recovering from that now.
I wish that people would put their own self-preservation, and that of our nation, ahead of their prejudice against Republicans, or New England preps, or whatever their stupid hang-up is, and send more good will towards the office of Presidency, not only now, but with whatever Presidents we may have in the future. If Hillary Clinton gets elected, I would encourage us all to do the same for her as well. The world is a dangerous place, and we need our President to be strong in the face of all of these growing threats to our peace and prosperity. There are millions of people who belong to a death cult that wants to topple our government and convert us all to their religion at the point of a sword, or cut our heads off if we don't. And yet so many people are using all of their energy trying to empower the enemy by weakening their own country.