Towel Snapping the Press: Bush's Journey from Locker-Room Antics to Message Control
How did George W. Bush change from being a 'regular person' in front of reporters to a master of information control? Or was there a change after all? Towel Snapping the Press follows Bush's lifelong association with the press, showing how he has developed and modified his tactics_from his days as part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team to the present, with a look back at young George during his grandfather's 1950 Senate campaign. During Bush's early years in the public eye, the press did not scrutinize him; but as president, he became a subject of intense analysis and his 'relaxed' demeanor became a pitfall. Still, many reporters find the president's disposition charming, even while they are frustrated by his message discipline and rigid control of press access to administration sources. Towel Snapping the Press not only presents interesting stories about the president from reporters' points of view, but also raises important issues that any civically engaged citizen will want to explore.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 1. Friends for a Long Time Chapter 3 2. Not His Father's (Or Grandfather's) Press Relations Chapter 4 3. Message Discipline Before It Was Cool Chapter 5 4. Plugging Leaks Chapter 6 5. The Dark Side Chapter 7 6. The Plain Talk of Bushisms Chapter 8 7. Towel Snapping Chapter 9 8. Shaving the Ear Hair Chapter 10 9. Eating the Zombies Chapter 11 10. No One Will Do It Better Chapter 12 Bibliography