The scripted presidency of George W. Bush

When actor-turned-politician Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980, a number of pundits wondered whether cue cards would have a prominent place in the White House.

Weve won on Social Security for now

President Bush acknowledged earlier this month that his main domestic goal of “saving” Social Security was going nowhere. Regarding his privatization scheme, he said, “There seems to be a diminished appetite in the short term, but I’m going to remind people that there are long-term issues that we must solve.”