I'm guessing it was probably a few moments after he sent that condolence message to George Bush on 9/11. You can just imagine the scene..... 'You sent what???? - who the feck pressed send?'. 'You said we'd back them for what?' etc, etc, until they all agree to sack the secretary, and prepare for war.
I have always wondered if it was one of those 'sent in error' sort of thingys. An oops moment, now should we send that one, or will we go with that one? Well, that one has got more of a soundbite, but it does commit us to going to war. Hmmm.
I think that was when age started creeping up on him, his hair grew whiter, his suits snappier and his body language became so earnest, you could almost hear his inner scream, please believe me.
However, I don't wish to be cruel, I still believe he was genuine, at the start, but think he might have been seduced by those twinkly Arabian nights.