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air,” wrote the New York Times. That was two years
“He gives the impression that his political survival is lived through them.
above the national interest. We have a deficit of $400 ago. There was no election then. And where was George:
billion, soaring costs to service it and a national debt “During the 1988 campaign-, Mr. Bush often said l When his shipmates were drowning in the plane from

that has quadrupled over the past 12 years, placing a he wanted to be known as ˜the environmental president™. which he parachuted to safety.
hammerlock on the ability to govern. But all that Bush But critics say that while he took strong stands on l When the Bay of Pigs fiasco was planned and executed.

can say is that violating his pledge on taxes was a environmental matters for the first two years of his When the triangle fire teams were put together and
l

mistake because it cost him too much politically. What administration, his approach changed in the midst of the trained for an infamous mission in Dallas.
of the national interest?” recession.” l When President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in

Domestically, Bush distinguished himself by his There™s no doubt also that the one area where Bush Dallas.
now laughable “read my lips” pledge not to raise taxes. claimed competence-because of his experience as an When former Attorney General and candidate for
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“The U-turn on the budget added flip-flop-flip to the ambassador-has not escaped his general incompetence. President Robert Kennedy was killed in Los Angeles, after
political lexicon,” writes an outraged Zuckerman. That™s in foreign policy. stating it would take an executive order to open the files of
Overall, Bush comes across in Zuckerman™s words Foreign affairs expert David Ignatius, commenting the Warren Commission Report and Records.
in the Washington Post, admitted that Bush won two
as a politician “who substitutes campaigning for l When Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis,

governing, who used polling instead of judgment, wars during his tenure, They were the 40-year-old Cold Tennessee.
pandering instead of politics and attacks on Congress War against the Soviet Union and the loo-hour war . When Ronald Reagan was nearly assassinated in
instead of real debate. He seems more worried about against Iraq. Washington by a known Bush-family associate.
losing his job than about the fact that millions of But considering that dictator Saddam is still in l When the deal was made to hold the Iran hostages until

Americans have already lost theirs.” office, it™s questionable how much Bush accomplished the inauguration of Reagan.
Under Bush, Air force One has become a glider. It in crushing a tiny country with our immense armed l When the Iran-Contra deals were being made.

goes whichever way the wind is blowing. forces. As for the Soviet Union™s break-up, it might be l When the truth about his association with Iraq should

Are the American people better off than before argued that Bush was the lucky beneficiary of a timely have been made clear to the American people.
Bush? No way! event. In both events, Bush has typically failed to He™s more acquainted with
Don™t ask George.
Author Arthur Frederick Ide writes in Bush-Quayle follow up. deniability than telling the truth.
that the supposed gains of Americans have so far “At the postwar conference table, Bush has been I think we™ve got a fairly accurate handle on your past,
allowed “only a few to enjoy the better things in life. something of a loser,” wrote Ignatius. “Instead of George. Maybe we can make your future as uncomfortable
The majority of people actually have suffered a reversal acting decisively to shape postwar Russia and Iraq, he as you have our past.
of prosperity and plenty-taking pay cuts, accepting has coasted along without a clear policy. In place of We™ll see in November [1992, the year this book was
increased work hours, giving up special holidays, careful coalition building that led to the two victories, written].
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holidays and bonuses.” he has fallen into quarrels with such key allies as
This concludes the book. We once again express
“Many of the ˜new poor™ have been pushed out of Germany, France and Japan.”
our appreciation to Russell S. Bowen, author.
jobs and homes. But under Bush, his well-to-do friends Then, there was the recent Earth Summit at Rio.

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