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Bush’s use of the veto pen has generated political capitalLos Angeles Times 6-30-8
(Johanna Neuman, “Bush thinks polls about him are wrong,” http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/presidentbush/2008/06/bush-thinks- pol.html)
But President Bush senses less hostility out on the road lately, according to U.S. News & World Report, and has told aides he sensesan uptick in popularity that is not yet reflected in the polls. One senior advisor, saying the president feels less "antipathy" from crowdsalong motorcade routes, put it this way: "He feels there has been a shift in attitudes out there that's not reflected in polling data."The White House also believes that the president's recent use of the veto pen -- on legislation such as the farm bill -- has given himsome leverage with Congress. "It's a mistake to underestimate the institutional power of the president and he has utilized that power intelligently," the aide told the magazine.
Bush still has capabilities to get his agenda passedBersia – 6-21-2008
Pulitzer Prize winner in editorial writing for the Orlando Sentinel in 2000, is the special assistantto the president for global perspectives at the University of Central Florida, Don't write off the Bush administration yet, OnlineAthens,http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/062108/opinion_20080621001.shtml)Some critics have described President Bush's just-concluded swing through Europe as irrelevant, contending that the region essentiallydisregards him. Moreover, the critics continue, his visit bordered on delusional. After years of tension, how could Bush possibly havehad the nerve to walk the streets of European capitals with such confidence and toss out bold, foreign-policy goals for the near future?Well, let us not too hastily jump to conclusions about the trip, the Bush administration's remaining possibilities and the president'slegacy.For all the shortcomings of his time in office, Bush is neither irrelevant nor delusional. In fact, he might well have signaled theflowering of U.S.-European relations, even though that will not happen on his watch. Whether the winner in November's presidentialelection is Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the presumptive Democratic candidate, or his Republican counterpart, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, America's ties with Europe are likely to improve. For that matter, so are U.S. connections with the rest of the world.In addition, the door has not yet closed on the Bush White House. In a half-year's time, much could happen. A lame-duck president isnot without capability.Consider, for example, Bush's promise to advance the cause of peace in the Middle East before he leaves office. Skeptics dismiss thatidea as foolhardy, but former President Clinton had a similar objective during his last year as chief executive. Although his bid for anIsraeli-Palestinian settlement eventually unraveled, Clinton came surprisingly close to success.The possibility also exists for Bush to face unexpected developments, which takes me back to his first campaign for president. At thattime - including during a lengthy foreign-policy discussion shortly before he assumed the presidency - Bush held views on variousglobal issues that appeared unchangeable. As two examples, he described China as a strategic competitor and underscored his aversionto nation-building.