George W. Bush Final Paper

George W. Bush Final Paper - Corey Cohen Maltzman 12/2/08...

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Corey Cohen Maltzman 12/2/08 Neustadt. Bush. President George W. Bush is far from consistent in utilizing Richard Neustadt’s handbook to remain fully informed while protecting future power prospects during the decision-making process. For one, Bush’s White House structure can be labeled as a formalistic hierarchy, thereby excluding what can sometimes be important information for making a decision. Secondly, since he surrounded himself with aides that were entirely subservient to his presidency and ideologically attuned to his beliefs, he would sometimes find himself subscribing to suspect information and intelligence. Finally, Bush with his unrelenting optimism insisted on not making the same mistakes his father, George H.W. Bush, made when he was president. This meant making big plays when popularity was high. Bush’s White House structure and personality would destroy the reputation that Neustadt promotes as being so important to political bargaining. The Neustadt model is one that emphasizes a president’s ability to remain fully informed on all of the issues at play in any given moment, while remaining heavily in sync with the will of the public. In doing so, the president has the ability to protect his reputation and enhance his ability to bargain with congressmen and foreign leaders. "The essence of a President's persuasive task is to convince such men that what the White House wants of them is what they ought to do for their sake and on their authority" (Neustadt 30). Neustadt argues that although the President does not control Congress, he has the ability to sway members to favoring his legislation. But this ability to sway relies on his willingness to listen to the public, while utilizing choices in the present that will hopefully increase his ability to influence these officials in the future. When a pattern of ineffectiveness shows itself, this will be incredibly damaging to the hopes of the president. After Friday, November 24, I did not substantively discuss this assignment with any of my classmates. The work that appears is my own.
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Corey Cohen Maltzman 12/2/08 Neustadt. Bush. An example of ineffectiveness that Neustadt cites was when Eisenhower’s Secretary of the Treasury, George Humphrey, slighted Eisenhower by picking apart his budget in 1957 (Draper 56-58). With opposition that could easily be built upon by Democrats at the time, Eisenhower’s reputation and consequently his ability to bargain were reduced. This would be a problem that plagued him into the fiscal year of 1959 when he put forth a fiscally constrained budget. But Bush would not let such squabbling occur under his presidency. When he
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2010 for the course PSC 116 taught by Professor Forrestmaltzman during the Fall '08 term at GWU.

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