Man On A Mission

President Bush tries out a new tactic on his Asia trip: the President as tourist

After returning from a trip to South America that was widely characterized as a failure, President George W. Bush tried a new tactic. For his weeklong swing through Asia, he adopted a role that paid dividends for his predecessor--the President as tourist. Bush had always resisted sightseeing, spending just seven minutes touring the Kremlin, for instance. But last week his itinerary bristled with excursions outside official halls. The stops had a theme: he made a series of leisurely visits to religious sites, including a gold-leafed Buddhist temple in Japan and an ancient Korean pagoda. White House officials tell TIME that the National...

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