TITLE

A STORM-TOSSED BOSS

AUTHOR(S)
Underwood, Anne; Fineman, Howard
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);9/19/2005 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 146 Issue 12, p31
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Looks at how the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush has been effected by the widespread criticisms regarding the response to Hurricane Katrina. Photographers rarely are allowed into the forward cabin of Air Force One, but consigliere Karl Rove and other aides summoned them so they could snap pictures of the Boss gazing out the window as the plane flew over the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. Republican strategists privately call the resulting image--Bush as tourist, seemingly powerless as he peered down at the chaos--perhaps among the most damaging of his presidency. Katrina's winds have unspun the spin of the Bush machine, particularly the crucial idea that he is a commanding commander in chief. In the "Newsweek" Poll, only 17 percent of Americans say that he deserves the most blame for the botched early response to Katrina. But, for the first time, less than a majority--49 percent--say he has "strong leadership qualities," down from 63 percent last year. Katrina has deepened concern about the nation's ability to respond to catastrophe--natural or man-made.
ACCESSION #
18290319

 

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