With the second round of eliminations looming, all the couples were determined to stay in the mix. In the second dance of the night, George Bush and his pro partner Dora Politickska took on the sidestep. During rehearsals, Bush had expressed his confidence that he could handle the intricate moves of this dance. "This is one that I've actually had some experience with," he said, "while I was in the, you know, the White House."
It was his and Dora's best performance so far. They didn't do as well last week, when their jive earned 6's from the judges. Tonight Bush's sidestepping was so fast that he actually got ahead of his pro partner's beat. But the judges were impressed anyway, and gave the couple 9's. It was the highest score of the evening.
In the green room afterwards, Bush looked pleased with his performance. He said, "I want to send a message to the American people about the importance of sending a message when they're dancing, especially if they can dance like me."
When reminded that next week will be the tap dance, Bush didn't bat a syllable as he and Politickska exchanged a conspiratorial look. He said, "We're going to rehearse hard, so we can elevate the achievements that we've achieved. I can tap-dance when there needs to be tap-dance. I can do the dumba where needs to be -- well, the dumba."
And the fox news trot? "That one too," he said.
Asked if he expected the audience to vote him off the show anytime soon, Bush grinned and said, "Not if I can snatch defeat out of the jaws of the other couples who are trying to defeat us. After being President," he added, "what do you do next? You go on 'Dancing With the Stars.' "