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President shows his ability to lead, govern

Jan. 30, 2001

A new day has dawned in Washington. Gone are the days of sloppy transitions. Gone are the days of tardiness. And at least for now, gone are the days of strict partisanship.

Judging from Bush's past week in office, Americans can be confident that they have elected a president who knows how to bring their country together.

Bush's first week on the job showcased the kind of bipartisanship that lawmakers have only dreamed of. During the campaign, Bush said that he would work to try to bring both sides together. He has indeed tried and been successful.

'He seems to be a man of his word,' an article in The Washington Post reported. 'All along, Bush vowed to reach out to Democrats and, starting on day one, he did so with vigor.'

Last week, Bush met with 90 members of Congress, including 29 Democrats. Even House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) said during an interview that Bush easily gets along with people.

TheWashington Post also reported that Bush and his team have already shown a surprising deftness. He chose education, the most Democrat-friendly part of his agenda, as the focus for his first week. Last week the White House sponsored an education event at a Washington elementary school. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who has shown support for some of Bush's proposals, attended the event.

Bush also differs from his predecessor by his punctuality. He's in the office by 7 a.m. and back in his private quarters around 6 p.m.

'Bush started (our) meeting on time and ended the meeting on time,' said Rep. L.Cardin (D-Md.). 'I don't remember that happening once in my eight years with President Clinton.'

Bush is a man who gets things accomplished. Some Bush critics might harp on his appointment of former Sen. John Ashcroft for Attorney General.

But look at Bush's Cabinet and realize the diversity. America is a diverse country, and Bush reaches out to every person.

Critics might say Bush relies too much on his advisers. But they often overlook Bush's ability to reach a compromise with someone. He has chosen experienced advisers so that he has the time to schedule congressional meetings and reach productive compromises.

If politics is the art of compromise, then Bush is a promising artist.

B.J. GOERGEN

Staff writer

B.J. Goergen is a senior journalism major from Round Rock.