Postmodern Presidency of George Herbert Walker Bush

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The Presidency enjoys a tradition of success in mastering challenge and change. Momentous developments have been initiated and directed by presidents. Nevertheless, the presidency has also known policy failure, political and personal scandals. The President has almost always been regarded as the most powerful figure in the government and as the leader of the nation.

Just every person has his or her own style about them each president has had a different way of managing the executive office. Each president has certain values and beliefs which are reflected in the style that is chosen to manage the institution of presidency. Presidential leadership focuses on the decision making process and the process used to achieve an appropriate permanent solution.

The process of presidential leadership has become much more difficult over the years due to expanding complexity of modern world. According to Richard Rose the presidential leadership model has changed from the traditional one through stewardship and modern presidency to become postmodern presidency.

Postmodern presidency seem to be the most difficult one, since as stated by Rose : " a postmodern president ( ... ) may have too much expected of him " ( p 2).

In this paper I would like to focus on postmodern presidency of George Bush. Although he was not the first postmodern president I believe that Bush may serve here as a good example for discussing a more vulnerable and "interdependent" model of presidency.

George Herbert Walker Bush ( 1924, - ), 41st President of the United states fell into the " trap" of postmodern presidency already in 1988 during his speech accepting the Republican presidential nomination: " The Congress will push me to raise taxes, and I'll say no and they'll push, and I'll say to them '...