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David Walker
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David Walker

Former Comptroller General of the United States, David Walker is president and CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation.

Strong Start That Fizzled

President George Walker Bush got off to a strong start from a leadership perspective by achieving enactment of his promised tax cut with big bipartisan margins. He also established "The President's Management Agenda" to focus more government-wide attention on selected key management challenges. This was an important and positive step from a government operations perspective.

President Bush also came across as a strong and decisive leader in the immediate aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. However, in my view, President Bush did not capitalize on the opportunity to rally our country and the world around the need to "focus on the future" in the aftermath of September 11. Since that point in time, I do not believe that President Bush has provided strong and effective leadership either domestically or internationally, especially in connection with fiscal matters. As is the case with all Presidents, ultimately historians will judge how effective a leader President Bush has been.

By David Walker

 |  January 5, 2009; 10:50 AM ET
Category:  Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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