Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the George H.W. Bush White House

Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the George H.W. Bush White House

Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the George H.W. Bush White House

Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the George H.W. Bush White House

Synopsis

This collection examines the political themes and strategies utilized by candidate Bush in 1988 and President Bush in 1992, as told by the actual players as well as presidential and political scholars. Also considered are the role of the Vice President, the Cabinet, relations with Congress and the Supreme Court, the presidency and the media, and the role of the First Lady.

Excerpt

From April 17 to April 19, 1997, more than 200 scholars, journalists, foreign dignitaries, and alumni of the Bush administration gathered at Hofstra University to discuss the work and times of George Bush, the forty-first president of the United States. The conference, titled “George Bush: Leading in a New World, ” had been two years in the making. It was the university's tenth and largest presidential conference. President Bush himself attended, as well as his vice president, Dan Quayle, his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev, and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Members of the Bush cabinet participated, as did dozens of others who served under President Bush.

This book is one of a series of four volumes of proceedings of the conference. Each of the four volumes features the prepared papers of scholars who presented work analyzing the Bush administration. At the conference, these panel papers were then discussed by journalists who covered the Bush presidency, as well as former officials of the Bush administration. Like the conference itself, the proceedings featured fascinating exchanges between those of us who observe and analyze the presidency from the vantage point of the academic world and those who make day-to-day political decisions in our national government. As the reader will notice, sometimes the exchanges were sharp.

We have organized the proceedings thematically into four volumes. A Noble Calling: Character and the Bush Presidency, edited by William F. Levantrosser and Rosanna Perotti, contains papers and discussions on President Bush's upbringing, his early career, and his personal style, particularly in the handling of foreign affairs. Honor and Loyalty: Inside the Politics of the Bush White House, edited by Leslie D. Feldman and Rosanna Perotti, covers proceedings of panels on appointments, including the Clarence Thomas nomination, White House staffing, and relations with Congress. President Bush's campaign and rhetorical style are also discussed in this volume. Principle over Politics? The

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