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.
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