Marching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush Dan Goodgame

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Marching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush  by  Dan Goodgame

Marching in Place: The Status Quo Presidency of George Bush by Dan Goodgame
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Michael Duffy and Dan Goodgame, Time magazines White House correspondents, deliver the first hard-hitting, critical assessment of the Bush presidency. Marching in Place penetrates the Bush politicking, decodes the activity--and inactivity--of BushsMoreMichael Duffy and Dan Goodgame, Time magazines White House correspondents, deliver the first hard-hitting, critical assessment of the Bush presidency.

Marching in Place penetrates the Bush politicking, decodes the activity--and inactivity--of Bushs first term, and reframes the political choices facing us in 1992. Duffy and Goodgame began covering Bush in the summer of 1988, and since then they have watched, investigated, and chronicled his every move. They saw Bush pull together a coalition of country club Republicans, social conservatives, Reagan Democrats, and suburban independents, spinning a complex and often contradictory web of campaign promises. He was assembling a constituency not to govern, but simply to get elected. President Bush moved into the White House with a resounding electoral victory but no mandate.

With his bumbling elocution, his posing with all those puppies and grandchildren, his manic engagement in sports, his nonstop travel, and of course his now famous personal touch, he was hard not to like. The public rewarded him, for more than two years, with record approval ratings.

But looking behind the photo ops and small-bore political pronouncements, Duffy and Goodgame saw that Bushs frenetic manner masked a deep fear of change, that his dread of the Republican right wing and of opinion polls had hardened into a refusal to lead at home.

For the last three and a half years, Bush has been marching in place, a status quo president in a revolutionary world. After the Tiananmen massacre, Bushs concern was to maintain good relations with the Chinese rulers who ordered the killings. When the Berlin Wall fell, Bush looked as if it had landed on his head and emphasized that were not trying to cause trouble for anybody. And during the coup attempt against Gorbachev, his first instinct was not to burn any bridges with the hardline insurgents.

Even in his finest hour, the Persian Gulf crisis, Bush confined his war aims to the restoration of the st



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