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The Bush audit

Bush has handled the impact of 11th September better than expected, but his agenda has been suprisingly unaffected by the trauma

By Anthony Dworkin   January 2002

“George Bush: is he ready to lead America?” That was Al Gore’s attack line in the final days before last year’s presidential election. The biggest doubts over Bush’s suitability for office concerned his inexperience and lack of knowledge about the world. On the campaign trail, an interviewer had ambushed Bush by asking him to name the leader of Pakistan (among other countries); Bush couldn’t. During the first presidential debate, the moderator asked Bush for an example of how he had dealt with an unexpected crisis. Bush talked about an outbreak of severe flooding in Texas and the way he had…

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