In The Eye of the Political Storm

The big blow tests the President's reflexes in a vote-heavy state

For George Bush, Andrew could hardly have been more ill-timed. Just as the President had begun to emphasize what he promised would be a bold approach to domestic policy in a second term, the hurricane threw him on the defensive. Instead of showcasing Bush's strengths as a crisis manager, the storm offered the Democrats an opening to charge that he was, once again, slow to respond to problems at home. Fairly or not, Bush was, by week's end, deflecting questions about his performance. "There's no point," he said, "getting into blame and this who-shot-John thing that I know everybody's fascinated with."

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