I can think of no U.S. President in my lifetime that has had to deal with as much calamity in his tenure as the current president, George Bush. Only nine months into the White House,
Because of my interest in George Bush, I have read a fair number of books about him and his administration. The latest one is The Right Man by David Frum. Frum was hired as a speech writer who really was not pro-Bush when he was hired. However, within a very short period of time, Mr. Frum became very much pro-Bush because of the way that he noticed that the President and the White House staff conducted themselves.
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In reading this about President Bush, I have come to understand that if you will live your life at a higher level, it will have an ultimate payoff. It will not come immediately but in the long run there will be very few questions about integrity and honesty.
Another strong detail that President Bush retains is his ability to remember small details about the people with whom he works. He can remember where they went to college and who their favorite teams are.
Another character trait that I noticed in the books about Bush is that he is relentless in his discipline to schedule. He breaks down his day into five-minute segments and each of the minutes can be accounted for. It does not matter what happens to the hour but rather to the very minutes that he spends working with specific tasks.
Not only is he careful about how he manages his time but he also is very careful about how he manages his body. He was an avid jogger but his arthritic joints begin to preclude the pounding that he was taking when he ran and so he traded in his running shoes for a nice Trek mountain bike. Some of the trips to Crawford with the bike on his ranch have led to some abraded knees and elbows. Even at his age, he manages to outride the Secret Service and the media detail that comes along with him.
Tonight (1/23/07) he will give the State of the Union address to a Democratic party-controlled Congress who will certainly make his last two years in office to be very challenging. However, when he leaves the office of the President in 2008, his presidency will be marked with the high respect that he carried for his predecessors. The respect of the Oval Office that he had translated into the way that he conducted himself, particularly at a moral level.