Bush and the faith-based initiative: Forgoing the role of chief legislator
The George W. Bush Presidency. Volume I: The Constitution, Politics, and Policymaking
We examine the case of President George W. Bush’s faith-based initiatives through the lens of a president’s legislative powers, in particular his ability to recommend measures to Congress (and by extension the public). By examining both the frequency and intensity of presidential rhetoric related to this signature Bush initiative, we gain insight into how he viewed his policymaking role, as well as how he connected his accomplishments to his re-election campaign and eventual legacy. We find that Bush did not take full advantage of his rhetorical tools in the area of faith-based initiatives. While he talked about his initiative in major, as well as minor addresses and treated them as central to how he would define his presidency domestically, we find that he did not extensively “sell” his faith-based initiative in his rhetoric. This resulted in an approach that was less rhetorical in nature and more executive centered.
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Hoffman, Donna R. and Howard, Alison Dana, "Bush and the faith-based initiative: Forgoing the role of chief legislator" (2016). Faculty Publications. 1139.