August 29, 2006

Bush’s leadership style reflects “learning from his mistakes”

Posted in political satire at 6:35 am by thewashingtonbeltsider

by Terri Firma

The Bush Presidency has been characterized by a trial-and-error approach, that has been more effective at future prevention than in sidesteping calamitous events, according to a new book by Cecilia Buckner, “The 7% Presidency,” reflecting on the number of times administration projections have been in concordance with actual outcomes.

This is unprecedented since the time of Grover Cleveland who famously introduced actions as the nation’s 22nd President (1885-1889) that he had to reverse when he became the nation’s 24th President (1893-1897). He refused to admit he was wrong, but said simply, “I choose to do it different this time, plus I lost the election last time.”

“We learn from our mistakes but doesn’t mean the same as admitting we’re wrong, and I think the American people appreciate that,” Bush has conifided to close associates, like Ari Fleischer, after swearing them to secrecy. Adaptation has taken many forms for the President. The administration now takes all terror warnings extremely seriously, since the warnings did not adequately prompt action before the 9/11 attacks. The administration chose to fortify troops and engage with all partners in Iraq, as well as seeking to better pursue diplomacy with Iran before any prompting for war, after the miscalculations associated with planning and execution of the Iraq invasion. And the administration has more aggressively pursued preparedness plans for natural disasters that followed Hurricane Katrina. This is the first time this has been a part of chief executive orthodoxy since the Cleveland Presidency, or before that, Millard Fillmore’s “Maybe I get it wrong sometimes, but don’t tell me about it” doctrine in 1862.

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