“A leader who did not waver”

As far as I can tell from reading it, President Bush hit a grand slam in his utterly eloquent Whitehall speech. He stood up for freedom, he excoriated tyranny and terrorism, and he singled out the scourge of anti-Semitism for special condemnation.
Invoking the memory of Winston Churchill in describing what Americans saw when they looked at Great Britain during the darkest days of World War II, he implicitly set the standard by which he deserves to be measured: “We saw an island threatened on every side, a leader who did not waver, and a country of the firmest character.”