In his State of the Union, Bush spelled out a clear agenda: Win the midterms:
On domestic issues, Bush brought his laundry list, but didn't have any quarters left for the Laundromat. The issue that Republicans in Congress fear most, political corruption, drew three glancing sentences late in Bush's speech. The president expressed more interest in the First Lady's Helping America's Youth Initiative.
Even Bush's oil addiction recovery program turns out to be mostly faith-based. The president got to step one with "America is addicted to oil," but didn't have the breath to start scaling the rest of the 12 steps. As the Washington Post points out, on renewable energy research, Bush is merely proposing to restore the funding he has cut since he took office.