The President: Marching Alone

History has called us, George W. Bush likes to say, but what if history has already moved on? Perhaps no one in the nation was helped more by Sept. 11 than the 43rd President. His strange little presidency--which began with the slimmest electoral margin since 1876 and suspicions that he wasn't ready for the job--was lifted in the instant that so much else was crushed. In the days that followed, Bush found his voice and his purpose, because for once the simple moral clarity to which he reduces most questions was exactly what Americans needed to hear. But what if the...

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