View Poll Results: Which President wanted to do big things during his limited time in office?

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Thread: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

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    A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    Thought I'd play alittle presidential trivia today.

    Which U.S. President's leadership style was characterized as described below:

    [His] focus was on institutional reforms that would produce profound results over time. He was impatient; he knew he had a limited time in office and a finite amount of [political] capital, and he wanted to spend both doing big things.
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    Last edited by Objective Voice; 02-15-12 at 05:21 PM.

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    Re: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    He's not in the poll and I'm showing my age by picking Lyndon B. Johnson.

    I also think that Reagan and Clinton were visionary although I certainly could find flaws with either one.

    Since I can't run for POTUS, you'll never get a perfect President.

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    Re: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    Each does, and my memory fades...but each had some, and I know I am forgetting examples from each of them.

    Reagan: SDI (and also his nuclear free world proposition)
    Bush Sr: New World Order (not the spooky kind)
    Clinton: Furthering globalization
    George W. Bush: Education reform, social security reforms, and pursuit of democratic change in the Middle East.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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    Re: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    I know the poll question is presented differently from how the OP question is phrased, but that's because I had limited space in which to ask the question while constructing the poll.

    Ignore the "poll" question and focus on the question asked in the thread's OP.

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    Re: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    [His] focus was on institutional reforms that would produce profound results over time. He was impatient; he knew he had a limited time in office and a finite amount of [political] capital, and he wanted to spend both doing big things.
    Clinton was close but Barack Obama is the answer.

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    Re: A President's Leadership Style...but whom?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Clinton was close but Barack Obama is the answer.

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    You would be half-right.

    Although President Obama did characterize the first two-years of his presidency this way (i.e., the importance of maximizing his political capital within the first 2-years of his presidency in order to do big things before the makeup of Congress changed during the mid-term elections), it's not exactly the answer I was looking for. But you are correct; he did characterize his presidency in this way.

    What I was looking for was who made such a characterization on behalf of a sitting President?

    The answer is: George W. Bush

    Karl Rove characterized Bush's leadership style in this manner per his book, "Courage and Consequence". (See page 108)

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