By Iwan W. Morgan, Philip John Davies
This publication examines George W. Bush's legacy by way of his presidential management and politics and explains why he used to be the main arguable president of contemporary occasions. It makes a speciality of Bush's growth of presidential strength in pursuit of the "war on terror," the ideological and pragmatic foundations of his presidential politics, and the complexity of his legacy in either international and family coverage. as well as an introductory assessment, it includes ten unique essays that examine the issues of ranking the Bush presidency, the character of Bush's presidential executive, ideology and ideas within the Bush presidency, the administration's financial and international regulations, and the electoral context of the times.
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This demonstrated his understanding of the broader political truth: the Washington Community watches constantly for signs and clues of the president’s purpose, capacities, intentions, and imagination. As Bush himself put it, Part of being a leader is: people watch you. ” When I’m out in the public, I fully understand that the enemy watches me, the Iraqis are watching Bush’s Style of Presidential Leadership 37 me, the troops watch me, and the people watch me. The other thing is that you can’t fake it.
The first comprises the president’s bargaining advantages that offer the possibility of his persuading others in the so-called Washington community that what he wants them to do is what they ought in any case to do for their own reasons. The second concerns the expectations that those people have about his capacities and his will to use the various advantages that they believe him to have. And the third entails those people’s judgments of how voters regard him and of how they may regard their legislators if they do what he wants.
Wise presidents think about the risks involved in the invocation of such authority, not just now but tomorrow and in years to come. In other words, they think about probable patterns of retrospective judgments of their use of command with greater political imagination than Bush appears to have done. Yet inaction carries risks, too, as Bush rightly understood. Whether further horrors might have been visited upon the United States after September 2001 had he not acted as he did in matters of domestic security cannot be known.