Conservative activists are not a happy group. They're angry with the GOP. They're disgusted with the 2008 presidential frontrunners. Dick Cheney, one of their heroes, is increasingly embattled.
For a Few Hours Last Week, I Had the Whole Calvin Coolidge Vibe Going. But Today, I'm Feeling Kind of Zachary Taylorish.
Which one of his predecessors does President Bush see when he looks in the mirror? One minute he's a Harry Truman, the next he's George Washington. On a trip to Mount Vernon yesterday to celebrate Presidents Day (and Washington's 275th birthday), President Bush revived an old joke from the 2000 campaign. "I feel right at home here," he said. "After all, this is the home of the first George W."Back in the summer of 2000, as he was struggling to establish some gravitas, Bush liked to crack the...
On Tuesday, President Bush popped in for a surprise visit to the Sterling Family Restaurant, a homey diner in Peoria, Ill. It's a scene that has been played out many times before by this White House and others: a president mingling among regular Americans, who, no matter what they might think of his policies, are usually humbled and shocked to see the leader of the free world standing 10 feet in front of them.But on Tuesday, the surprise was on Bush.
For all the hype, the State of the Union speech has a disappointing history. Few presidents have ever delivered a memorable address. Despite a few rhetorical flourishes that stick—41's "thousand points of light," for example—most are just laundry lists of promises soon broken or forgotten.
Presidents don't typically deliver two major addresses during the month of January—especially not less than two weeks apart. But the deteriorating situation in Iraq has denied Bush the luxury of laying low at the start of the year, developing the domestic policy goals that he hoped would be the legacy of his second term.
To understand Gerald Ford's place inside the Bush administration, you need to turn the clock back six years.Before 9/11, and before Iraq, there was an inexperienced Texas governor who won the presidency — after a few legal hitches — on a relatively simple pledge: to restore honor and integrity to the Oval Office.In late 2000, President-elect Bush and his team in Austin, Texas, saw themselves as something of a restoration.
It's not Reagan-Thatcher. And it's certainly not Clinton-Yeltsin. But the Bush-Maliki relationship is now the single most important one of the Bush era. Both leaders desperately need one another for their political survival and their place in history.So how come there's so little electricity when they meet?After their third face-to-face meeting in six months, President George W.
Until now, Vietnam has symbolized two strands in President Bush's political life: a war he didn't fight in and a comparison he wants to avoid. But this week the country becomes not just a metaphor but a reality, as Bush visits Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for the first time.
"Stay the course" may have been the slogan that killed the GOP and President Bush in 2006. But Bush still has the capacity to change, and the political sense to know that he needs to adapt to survive the last two years of his presidency.Take the start of his current weeklong trip to Asia.
RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman was the man who built the Bush turnout model. He started building a grassroots machine in Iowa in the 2000 campaign, then took it nationwide to win in 2004 as Bush's campaign manager. 2006 was shaping up to be an even more successful turnout for the GOP, but it wasn't enough to hold on to the House or the Senate.
Was she just hitching a ride or was she getting back on board? Spotted under the wing of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base this afternoon was none other than Karen Hughes, President Bush's most trusted message-maker.
When Hillary Clinton and John McCain traded rhetorical blows over North Korea last week, some pundits hailed the exchange as a taste of 2008: a titanic clash between the early front runners in the next presidential election.They forgot that the real titans of modern politics have yet to leave the stage: two relatively young, two-term presidents who show no sign of stepping out of the national debate on domestic politics and foreign affairs.