It has been argued throughout this book that presidents are entitled to be judged on their own terms rather than on those preferred by their political opponents, media pundits or academics. As a guardian president Bush expressed boundless faith in the American political and economic system.1 Furthermore, in contrast to reforming presidents of the past like Wilson, the two Roosevelts and Johnson, he regarded extensions of the role of government without enthusiasm. He shared Eisenhower’s belief that presidents had a responsibility ‘to restrain and limit government, not to force it to fulfil any great mission or obligation.’2


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  • David Mervin
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  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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