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The Unitary ExecutivePresidential Power from Washington to Bush$
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Steven G. Calabresi and Christopher S. Yoo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780300121261

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300121261.001.0001

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George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush

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(p.384) 41 George H. W. Bush
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The Unitary Executive
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Steven G. Calabresi

Christopher S. Yoo

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300121261.003.0048

This chapter describes George Herbert Walker Bush as a vigorous, hands-on leader who staunchly defended the unitariness of the executive branch. His attention to detail was appreciated by the public after concerns in Ronald Reagan's later years over the latter's inattention to detail. In Bush they found Reagan's polar opposite; Bush's style of executive leadership was characterized by indefatigable energy. By any definition, he was a workaholic, whose staff constantly complained, or boasted, about the long hours and the phone calls in the middle of the night from a boss who just wanted to talk. Bush was clearly in charge of his administration and was very attentive to details. Thanks in large measure to White House Counsel C. Boyden Gray and his superb legal staff, Bush defended the unitariness of the executive branch with almost academic rigor.

Keywords:   hands-on leader, George Bush, attention to detail, Reagan's polar opposite, indefatigable energy, workaholic, C. Boyden Gray

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