February 8, 2004 |
Despite February polls showing President Bush losing his early reelection lead, he's still the favorite. No modern president running unopposed in his party's primaries and caucuses has ever lost in November. But there may be a key to undoing that precedent. The two Bush presidencies are so closely linked, especially over Iraq, that the 43rd can't be understood apart from the 41st.
January 20, 2001 |
And we thought the Kennedys were a big political dynasty. After eight years of Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, the glamorous Kennedys stirred the national imagination as they ushered in the New Frontier. Yet when John F. Kennedy moved into the White House 40 years ago, one brother was not yet attorney general and the other was still too young to run for the Senate. Their father was a former ambassador to Britain. Today, as George W.
May 10, 1992 |
Born into a Yankee family of wealth and achievement, George Herbert Walker Bush bolted to the oil fields of West Texas as a young man to establish his independence and escape the shadow of a prominent father. Bush, the son of a U.S. senator, followed his father into politics only after he had proved himself in business. Remarkably, the same pattern has continued in the President's family.
October 31, 1993 |
The candidate wanted to talk about getting tough on crime and cutting government spending, but his audience wanted to know about Christmas at Camp David and whether it was mom or dad who really wore the pants in the family. Jeb Bush answered patiently, politely, and then added: "I am running for governor not because I am George and Barbara Bush's son. I am running because I am George P. and Noelle and Jeb's father." It is not easy for the child of a President to carve out a political identity of his own, a lesson that two sons of George Bush are learning first hand as they run for governor: Jeb Bush in Florida and George W. Bush in Texas.
November 8, 1987 |
The campaign biography/autobiography is a uniquely American creation, a throwaway advertisement for political shoppers, its ultimate destination the remainder table or the yard sale. But don't dismiss it as sheer blarney. The pitch being made, the mixture of fact and fancy, high-lighting and omission, all suggest how Candidate X or Y hopes to be perceived--and admired. If so, then George Bush and Victor Gold (a well-known Washington political writer) haven't helped their cause.
May 22, 2001 |
George Walker Bush (Class of '68) and Yale University buried the hatchet on Monday, as the proud West Texan embraced his alma mater after decades of rejecting the school for what he saw as its intellectual arrogance, then for his own political convenience and finally for perceived slights against his father (Class of '48).
October 12, 1992 |
President Bush pressed his attack on Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton's anti-war activities as a college student, but the first presidential debate of the 1992 campaign was dominated Sunday night by assaults on Bush's own economic record by Clinton and independent Ross Perot. Bush, insisting the American economy is not as troubled as his opponents say, declared that his own "revival" plan would provide a significant boost, announced that if reelected he would name White House Chief of Staff James A.
October 12, 1992 |
As they wrestled with issues ranging from health care to international affairs Sunday night, President Bush, Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and businessman Ross Perot generally stayed close to the facts. Each had some questionable assertions--but their sins against the truth were mostly venial, not mortal.