5 New Rules Of The Road

Bush is off and running to pretty good reviews, but he's got a few things to learn about Washington

When George W. Bush finally pulled his presidency from the Florida swamp, the predictions were dire. Bush would be a man without a mandate, unable to move his agenda through the divided Senate. His plan to use Texas charm to win friends and influence lawmakers was dismissed as laughable, a rube's view of the capital.

Bush has always enjoyed proving the naysayers wrong. And in his first week on the job, he set about doing just that. He invited 90 lawmakers to the White House for meetings that--to their astonishment, after eight years on Clinton time--were tightly managed sessions that began...

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