Mr. Bush said he was not certain why he had become so divisive. “I don’t know why they get angry,” he replied to a question about those who disagreed with his policies so vehemently that it became personal. “I don’t know why they get hostile.” He added that he had learned not to pay attention.
--The New York Times, January 13, 2009
So, just for clarification's sake, does this mean at some point he WAS paying attention?