Bush's Bad Cop

George Bush takes pains to overcome what he calls "the intimidation factor" by encouraging visitors to speak freely. Bush's good-cop demeanor, however, is balanced by his combative chief of staff John Sununu, whose role is to keep discussions pointed, to make people defend their positions -- and occasionally just to cut through the bull.

A group of bankers found that out the hard way recently after telling the President that they supported his efforts to rescue the savings-and-loan industry. Sununu pulled out an ad the bankers were running trying to scare depositors away from S & Ls and into banks. "I...

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