GIPPER, BUBBA, AND DUBYA
In a lighter moment just now on Fox News Channel, Britt Hume and Jim Engel were discussing some advice Ronald Reagan gave to Bill Clinton: “Learn to salute and use Camp David.” Clinton never learned to salute and only belatedly learned to take time off for recreation. (And, of course, we all know how he used it.) This president is much more like Reagan: he has a much more obvious respect for the military and understands that decision makers need a lot of down time to recharge. Another way he is much more like Reagan than Clinton, also discussed on FNC, is that Bush has delegated the day-to-day tactical decision-making for this war over to his generals. Like the Gipper, he understands that the key to executive leadership is to select capable people you can trust and then get out of their way.