The Rhetorical Presidency of George H. W. Bush

The Rhetorical Presidency of George H. W. Bush

by Martin J. Medhurst
     
 

ISBN-10: 1585444715

ISBN-13: 9781585444717

Pub. Date: 04/01/2006

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

For George H. W. Bush, the distinction between campaigning (“politics”) and governing (“principles”) was crucial. Once in office, he abandoned his campaign mode and with it the rhetorical strategies that brought electoral success. Not recognizing the crucial importance of rhetoric to policy formation and implementation, Bush forfeited the

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For George H. W. Bush, the distinction between campaigning (“politics”) and governing (“principles”) was crucial. Once in office, he abandoned his campaign mode and with it the rhetorical strategies that brought electoral success. Not recognizing the crucial importance of rhetoric to policy formation and implementation, Bush forfeited the resources of the bully pulpit and paid the price of electoral defeat.
In this first-ever analysis of Bush’s rhetoric to draw on the archives of the Bush Presidential Library, scholars explore eight major events or topics associated with his presidency: the first Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin wall, the “New World Order,” Bush’s “education presidency,” his environmental stance, the “vision thing,” and the influence of the Religious Right. The volume concludes with a cogent of the 1992 re-election campaign and Bush’s last-gasp use of economic rhetoric.Drawing on the resources of the Bush Presidential Library and interviews with many of Bush’s White House aides, the scholars included in this tightly organized volume ask, How well did President Bush and his administration respond to events, issues, and situations? In the process, they also suggest how a more perceptive embrace of the art of rhetoric might have allowed them to respond more successfully.The Rhetorical Presidency of George H. W. Bush breaks important ground for our understanding of the forty-first president’s time in office and the reasons it ended so quickly.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585444717
Publisher:
Texas A&M University Press
Publication date:
04/01/2006
Series:
Presidential Rhetoric and Political Communication Series, #14
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Why rhetoric matters : George H. W. Bush in the White House3
Ch. 2George Bush's struggle with the "vision thing"19
Ch. 3And the wall came tumbling down : Bush's rhetoric of silence during German reunification37
Ch. 4Agency and agent in George Bush's Gulf War rhetoric56
Ch. 5The new world order : president Bush and the Post-Cold War era81
Ch. 6Political truancy : George Bush's claim to the mantle of "education president"102
Ch. 7Prudence, procrastination, or politics : George Bush and the earth summit of 1992119
Ch. 8George Bush and the religious right149
Ch. 9Economically speaking : George Bush and the price of perception171
Afterword : evaluating the rhetorical presidency of George H. W. Bush197

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