I think I've figured out the Bush presidency.
1) Settle on some issue you want to tackle.
Iraq, Social Security, teen pregnancy, whatever.
2) Do exactly the wrong thing, and do it stupidly, so the problem gets worse.
For example, on teen pregnancy, push abstinence-only programs that don't work and cause more teen pregnancies.
On Iraq, turn it into a hotbed of terrorism by waging a war incompetently, angering the populace, and inadvertently creating a market for new terrorists.
Social Security, Medicare, abortion, foreign policy, you name it.
3) Use the newly escalating crisis to demonstrate how much of a crisis we have on our hands.
4) Point out that the only way to handle the challenges we now face is your bold leadership.
Was it Ernest Benn or Groucho Marx who said:
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
Update: On point 3, don't forget the happy talk. Be sure and tell everyone how great things are going, but that there's still a crisis. It sounds trickier than it is. The key is to talk about things you're gonna do once you get your new superpowers.