Gov 4:1 - Gov 4/1 A. Reagan's legacy The 1988 election...

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Gov 4/1 01/04/2008 12:30:00 A. Reagan’s legacy The 1988 election Gorbachev’s strategy B. Bush’s foreign policy Revolution of 1989 Rethinking priorities Regional threats C. The Persian Gulf War Background causes implications Bush’s presidency: full of ironies and paradoxes. Few have come better prepared for foreign affairs Few have been more careful and/or cautious High marks for management of events Has been criticized for being too passive, too prudent, too cautious He had a problem of sketching out America’s role in the world.  He wasn’t a “vision” guy. When he ran in 88, he had image problems: Lots of republicans did not trust him o he was Reagan’s vice president for 8 years o many wondered if he was a true conservative or just a pretender o he would say/do whatever was necessary to get ahead
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Bush had problems with the public at large o Most Americans thought he was weak and indecisive o Labeled as Reagan’s lapdog Bush had to appear as Reagan’s “heir” and appear strong and presidential.  Claimed that Dukakis was too liberal, too weak to be president.  Also, choose someone  to run alongside him who would make him look presidential by comparison:  Dan 
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course GOV 312L taught by Professor Madrid during the Spring '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Gov 4:1 - Gov 4/1 A. Reagan's legacy The 1988 election...

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