So Bush publicly fesses up to what? Doing what he says he has the authority to do? It's not whether Bush CAN declassify information on a whim, it's whether he should do it selectively in a way that only bolsters his position and whether he can do it to destroy political enemies. Why do I hear Richard Nixon laughing all the time?
And I'll ask again, if this was just another routine "release" of information (and not a leak), then why didn't Bush just say so back in July '03?