Arrogant? Maybe a tad, vaguely similar to his comments about "a good solid B+"; the 180 degree lunatic spin of the recent Brown victory; and saying the difference between 1994 and 2010 is "him". The man does not lack for panache.
But Bush once told Woodward the same thing! Yep, when asked about taking out Saddam (he called it protecting America). From the book "Plan of Attack", page 443:
[Woodward]"And if this decision costs you the election?" [Bush] "The presidency--that's just the way it is," Bush said. "Fully prepared to live with it."For some reason, though, the same thing sounds different coming from Bush.