The presidency

Bush defining himself in war against terrorism
What kind of war president is George W. Bush turning out to be? The test of combat hasn't come yet. But a rough picture is beginning to emerge from the accounts of aides and others who have met with Bush during the past two weeks. [Sept. 24, 2001]

Crisis transforms Bush's presidency
In less than one week, George W. Bush was transformed into a president at the helm of a White House, and a nation, in crisis. On Monday night, he was laughing over dinner with his brother, Jeb, at a seaside Florida resort. By yesterday morning, with downtown Washington, D.C., locked down by the military, he was conducting a war council at Camp David. [Sept. 16, 2001]

Erik Lacitis: In times of trouble, we find out what our leaders are made of
Why were so many of us nervous about how our president would deal with the crisis that the pundits say will define his presidency? Maybe it was the sometimes-halting delivery during his national address, as Bush read the speech off a prompting device. More likely, it's our knowledge that we have an untested president. His life in public service has been all of seven years. [Sept. 16, 2001]

Bush's challenge: In such a crisis, 'you need to hear one voice ... '
His leadership will be tested in many ways, the experts say: his ability to communicate and inspire, his patience and decisiveness, his command of foreign policy and his success in rooting out those who masterminded the devastating attacks. Some have reservations, but others point out that crises have been the hallmark of many presidencies. [Sept. 14, 2001]

Bush to world: You are with us or with terrorists
President Bush urged Americans last night to steel themselves for a prolonged, unconventional, largely covert war against an elusive network of enemies, and he issued a challenge to every foreign government. [Sept. 21, 2001]

Text of Bush's address [Sept. 20, 2001]


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