White House spokeswoman Dana Perino offered a spirited endorsement and portrait of working for President Bush in an E-mail to Byron York at National Review. Certainly, it's important to consider the source (as she's unlikely to give anything but a positive report), but it's an interesting look at his managerial style--it sounds like he's a rare giver of feedback.
"It's always amazed me that he’s constantly trying to buck us up,” she told me. “For example, during the election cycle, the president said that I should not rise to the bait when he was attacked, that I should let it go and not get caught up in the election. For a while there, it was really difficult--after all, over $125 million in negative ads against him were run the last several months. One day the president called me and said he’d heard I’d had a tough briefing, and that no one wants to stand up there and be a piñata--but that I was doing the right thing and he was proud of me. I have a ton of examples just like that."