President Bush is predicting this presidential campaign year will be "the year of the sharp elbow and the quick tongue."
However, he told the nation's governors he hopes it'll still be possible to work with them to solve problems.
The president was addressing a White House meeting of the National Governors Association.
He says he knows that in an election year, quoting here, "You've got to do what you've got to do." But he expressed the hope that "we can shuffle that aside somtimes and focus on our people."
Bush said he hopes to address governors' concerns about National Guard troop rotations.
But he also vowed to "vigorously defend" last year's education overhaul, the "No Child Left Behind Act." A dozen states are rebelling against that plan, saying it imposes new testing and training mandates without sufficient funds.