Reaganomics With A Human Face

Bush's "action agenda" has something for everyone -- but the bookkeepers

A joint session of Congress is the most august forum available to a President. The setting alone -- the entire Government of the United States solemnly assembled in one vast chamber -- imparts a majesty and a grandeur to the occasion. The maiden address to Congress by a new President adds a further element of anticipation and drama. For George Bush, in particular, last Thursday's performance was the long awaited moment of self-definition, the chance to put to rest forever the stale gibes about his difficulties with "the vision thing."

Those certainly were the expectations. Bush and his advisers had portrayed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!