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Man of the Year: George W. Bush, 2001 (Steve Forbes)
Human Events ^ | 12/15/01 | Steve Forbes

Posted on 12/15/2001 7:07:48 PM PST by Jean S

A successful leader is a person who has two primary assets. First, he knows where he is going and is going to the right place. He has a vision, a plan, and a set of fixed principles—a North Star—to get himself there. Second, he has the ability to persuade others to follow him. He recruits strong individuals, builds a powerful team, and empowers that team to achieve the vision using their unique, God-given talents and skills.

We have all witnessed George W. Bush emerge as an exceptional world leader when we needed one most. For this he deserves to be Human Events Man of the Year.

1. He unified the country. Just a year ago, America agonized through one of the most divisive elections in our history. Bush won, but narrowly. Many questioned his legitimacy. No more. His handling of the September 11 crisis has been masterful. Principled. Decisive. Tough. Empathetic. Bush quickly figured out where we needed to go, and brilliantly set about to rally the nation, and the world.

He declared America at war. No Carteresque hedging. He vowed to "smoke out" bin Laden and the "evildoers" from their caves and bring them to justice. He quickly linked terrorism with those who harbor terrorists. His performances at the National Cathedral and the joint session of Congress were inspired, as was his trip to Ground Zero to meet with New York’s finest and bravest.

2. He chose a superb Vice President. Dick Cheney was born for this moment. Three decades of experience. Cool under fire. Great on TV. No future political ambitions. But only Bush seemed to get that—instinctively—18 months ago. Thank God.

3. He chose a first-rate national security team. Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher and Sandy Berger were the keepers of the counter-productive Clinton Doctrine: Do nothing of consequence, but have lots of photo-ops. Clinton and his team had eight years to get bin Laden "dead or alive," but didn’t. They could have avenged the last World Trade Center bombing, but didn’t. They could have truly gone after the Khobar Tower killers, but didn’t. Not so with Bush and his team. The world sleeps better knowing Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice and Colin Powell are on the job. Now they just need to let Paul Wolfowitz convince them Saddam Hussein should be next in line.

4. He made missile defense a top priority. And stuck to his guns. Bush gets this issue. He knows America is extremely vulnerable to missile attack. And he is relentless about getting it done. It helps that the Air Force tests are finally going well.

5. He is developing an historic relationship with Russia. If Bush didn’t have a sound national security vision, his early schmoozing with—and gushing about—Russian President Vladimir Putin may have been cause for concern. But Bush, impressively, has persuaded Putin to be on our side in the war on terrorism, and to keep an open mind on missile defense. He’s dispatched Commerce Secretary Don Evans to strengthen our economic ties, especially with Russia’s emerging gas and oil industries. He’s also repeatedly praised Putin’s move last year to scrap Moscow’s corruptingly complex tax code in favor of a 13% flat tax. No wonder Russia’s economy is finally beginning to grow at a healthy clip.

6. He has restored honor and dignity to the White House. The man wears a suit and tie in the Oval Office. Always. Enough said.

7. He is open about his faith. One of the truly wonderful things about Bush and his wife is their comfort-level in talking about their faith in Jesus Christ, without setting off alarm bells in people who believe differently. Clearly, faith and prayer are deeply important to this President, and with great results. They have clearly been a wellspring of strength and comfort and compassion for him during this crisis. And in turn the President has helped encourage a stunned and rattled nation to turn its eyes towards the God who loves us and can guide us through the valley of the shadow of death.

Challenge ahead: Bush has mastered the art of war. Now he must master the art of growth. He must publicly and aggressively put Tom Daschle and the Democrats on notice: Pass a bold, sweeping, pro-growth tax cut (including sharp, across-the-board, marginal tax rate cuts; accelerated expensing; and a cut in the capital gains tax rate), or be personally responsible for putting millions of Americans out of work. Expanded unemployment benefits are nice. But people need jobs, not handouts. Vaclav Havel once said: "The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him." George W. Bush is passing with flying colors.


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1 posted on 12/15/2001 7:07:48 PM PST by Jean S
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To: JeanS
Though many around here won't give him an inch of credit, I certainly agree with the author.

Note to Steve: You really should be running for office yourself - just not the presidency.

2 posted on 12/15/2001 7:12:43 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: JeanS
Terrific post. Thank You. Forbes is a lousy personal communicator, but uses a lot of common sense on substantive issues. Thanks again.
3 posted on 12/15/2001 7:14:59 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: JeanS
Bump
4 posted on 12/15/2001 7:17:27 PM PST by RJL
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To: JeanS
Written as a journalist who brings honor to his profession.
5 posted on 12/15/2001 7:53:19 PM PST by The Truth Will Make You Free
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To: JeanS
Right on, and Steve Forbes for Treasury Secretary!!
6 posted on 12/15/2001 7:57:27 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: JeanS
Compare this with anything Hillary, Al Gore, or John McCain have said since the election.
7 posted on 12/15/2001 7:57:59 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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To: victoria delsoul;rintense
ping a ling
8 posted on 12/15/2001 7:59:18 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: JeanS
Well said Mr. Forbes.
Thank God we have George Bush as President in times such as these.
He is MY man of the year too. :)
9 posted on 12/15/2001 8:05:49 PM PST by ladyinred
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To: JeanS
He’s also repeatedly praised Putin’s move last year to scrap Moscow’s corruptingly complex tax code in favor of a 13% flat tax.

I hate to say it, but we really need to be more like Russia on this one. I'll take a 13% flat tax any day!
10 posted on 12/15/2001 8:09:43 PM PST by July 4th
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To: ladyinred
Hey, ladyinred, nice to see you.

I really, really like Steve Forbes and wish that he would run for some office. He ran for president, but let's get real - he could easily win a lower office from his state. I've often thought he should be Sec. Treas. or even Sec. Commerce.

11 posted on 12/15/2001 8:11:46 PM PST by jtill
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To: JeanS
W. is a no-brainer for Man of The Year. Just goes to show that those who are considering "someone else" have no brains.
12 posted on 12/15/2001 8:17:19 PM PST by calmseas
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To: JeanS
Amen, Steve! Now if the guys at Time Magazine would just listen to you.
13 posted on 12/15/2001 9:40:47 PM PST by rintense
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; Howlin; PhiKapMom, Miss Marple; Irma; Dog Gone
CW, a bump for your candidate.......
14 posted on 12/15/2001 9:54:58 PM PST by deport
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To: JeanS
6. He has restored honor and dignity to the White House. The man wears a suit and tie in the Oval Office. Always. Enough said.

And unlike Slick Willie, he uses the Oval Office sink to wash his hands instead of to ****off in...

15 posted on 12/15/2001 9:58:31 PM PST by ambrose
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Special Issue
Man of the Year 2001:
George W. Bush

Steve Forbes on the Man of the Year

A Leader of Restraint and Eloquence
by Lamar Alexander
Read it.

Permanent Place in the Hearts of His Countrymen
by Gary Bauer
Read it.
War Leader in Highest Western Tradition
by Patrick J. Buchanan
Read it.
Man of Strength, Compassion and Courage
by Sen. Orrin Hatch
Read it.
President Understands Why America is Great
by John Kasich
Read it.
Children Have Role Model in White House
by Sen. Bob Smith
Read it.
A Man of Faith
by Elizabeth Dole
Read it.

 

16 posted on 12/15/2001 10:06:55 PM PST by deport
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To: JeanS
Thanks for posting this wonderful commentary.
17 posted on 12/15/2001 10:12:14 PM PST by Silly
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To: JeanS
Here's another person to add to the list of Bush supporters:

Rabbi Marvin Hier: "We've never heard a president as strong"

18 posted on 12/15/2001 10:16:42 PM PST by Silly
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To: JeanS
Man of the Year: George W. Bush, 2001

I'll second that

19 posted on 12/15/2001 10:22:55 PM PST by paul51
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To: deport
Thank you deport. America is blessed with many, many good people. Steve Forbes is certainly one of the best.

BUMP!

20 posted on 12/16/2001 12:10:43 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JeanS
Great post! Bush is the man!!
21 posted on 12/16/2001 12:11:39 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JeanS
Wonderful post....and I could not agree more!!!!! Thank you GWB. You're just what America needed.
22 posted on 12/16/2001 2:50:54 AM PST by jokemoke
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Yes, bump to this great post. V's wife.
23 posted on 12/16/2001 3:05:20 AM PST by ventana
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To: JeanS
He has restored honor and dignity to the White House. The man wears a suit and tie in the Oval Office. Always. Enough said.

ROTFLMCO!!!

24 posted on 12/16/2001 3:14:05 AM PST by Caipirabob
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To: ventana
Bump!
25 posted on 12/16/2001 4:50:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
You were a big Forbes fan way back when weren't you CW? When I saw his concession speech, and his daughters etc., I realized what a fine family man he was. V's wife.
26 posted on 12/16/2001 5:11:47 AM PST by ventana
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To: JeanS
bump
27 posted on 12/16/2001 8:27:52 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: habs4ever; William Wallace; Luis Gonzalez; sirgawain; Sabertooth; RedBloodedAmerican; Texaggie79...
Thank you so much flagging me to this wonderful article by Steve Forbes.

We have all witnessed George W. Bush emerge as an exceptional world leader when we needed one most.
For this he deserves to be Human Events Man of the Year.

God Bless GW Bush!!!


28 posted on 12/16/2001 1:21:42 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: ventana
Thanks ventana. He is a class act and a real good person.
29 posted on 12/16/2001 1:27:14 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Thanks for the heads-up. Great article by Steve Forbes.

Vaclav Havel once said: "The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him." George W. Bush is passing with flying colors.

BTTT

30 posted on 12/16/2001 7:03:28 PM PST by William Wallace
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To: William Wallace
George W. Bush is passing with flying colors.

Indeed!

31 posted on 12/16/2001 7:11:56 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Victoria Delsoul
Thanks for the ping :)
32 posted on 12/16/2001 9:15:56 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: Victoria Delsoul
:-)
33 posted on 12/17/2001 6:53:40 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: JeanS
The world sleeps better knowing Don Rumsfeld, Condi Rice and Colin Powell are on the job.

Indeed! Thank you, Lord!

Now he must master the art of growth . . .

I have no doubt that at just the right minute daschle and the rest of the demonrats will be be delivered the equivalent of a daisy cutter if they don't get back in line.

The President and the rest of the team know exactly when to drop the bomb for maximum effect. I think I hear the engines warming up.

34 posted on 12/17/2001 7:06:42 AM PST by mombonn
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To: Victoria Delsoul; CheneyChick; vikingchick; WIMom; Victoria Delsoul; susangirl; coteblanche...
Thanks for the flag, Victoria. I agree, George W. Bush is hands down, the Man of the Year. I'll bet they're apoplectic over at Time magazine trying to figure out a way to justify not giving him the title for the second year in a row.

Here's a little something to go with your fireworks...

To This Moment's Man

Here's to the President of this great battle…
Let's toast George W. Bush, this moment's man,
Upon whose back Historic weight is saddled…
So let's raise up a cup in every in hand

May vigor, health and long endurance be,
Forged strong in him, and keep him standing tall.
May courage, wisdom, and tenacity
Be his most righteous friends and heed his call.

May he be free from pointless daily bothers;
Let strife be put away where he won't hear it.
Yet, let the wisdom of the Founding Fathers
Affirm the Constitution of his spirit.

May family, home, and country shore his powers…
God bless our President, in all his hours.


35 posted on 12/17/2001 7:56:55 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: JeanS
Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher and Sandy Berger were the keepers of the counter-productive Clinton Doctrine: Do nothing of consequence, but have lots of photo-ops.

Pithy.

36 posted on 12/17/2001 8:02:20 AM PST by dead
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To: JeanS; Sabertooth
Aw! And I was hoping that Osama bin Laden would get it, too!. . .(/sarcasm)
37 posted on 12/17/2001 8:03:40 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the ping.
38 posted on 12/17/2001 8:06:14 AM PST by Celtjew Libertarian
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the ping...

WOO-HOO! We be jammin'!

Next stop: Baghdad!

Bush vs. Hussein: The Grudge Match

Coming next year on pay-per-view...

39 posted on 12/17/2001 8:12:16 AM PST by Poohbah
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To: JeanS
Jingle Bumps!
40 posted on 12/17/2001 8:21:10 AM PST by WIMom
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To: Sabertooth
Nice!
41 posted on 12/17/2001 8:34:14 AM PST by bwteim
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To: JeanS
1.I hope Time magazine puts Osama Bin Laben as their "Man of the Year".

2.I hope millions of subscribers cancel their subscriptions.

3.I hope Time Magazine is run out of business.

4.I hope Steve Forbes buys it for pennies on the dollar.

42 posted on 12/17/2001 8:51:35 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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To: JeanS; Sabertooth
Challenge ahead: Bush has mastered the art of war. Now he must master the art of growth. He must publicly and aggressively put Tom Daschle and the Democrats on notice: Pass a bold, sweeping, pro-growth tax cut (including sharp, across-the-board, marginal tax rate cuts; accelerated expensing; and a cut in the capital gains tax rate), or be personally responsible for putting millions of Americans out of work. Expanded unemployment benefits are nice. But people need jobs, not handouts. Vaclav Havel once said: "The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him." George W. Bush is passing with flying colors.

All joking aside (from my previous sarcasm post about ObL getting MOTY), I think President Bush has risen to the occasion many times in his 11 months in office. He has pushed through most of the things that he campaigned on, he worked through a difficult and trying engagement with the Chinese Communists in April over the Reconnaisance plane incident. (Note: He has even managed to put up with hitler clintoon's caustic facials during his speeches and to NOT slap her or Tom Daschle in their political shenanigans). And now he has shown superb leadership in the War in Afghanistan. Basically, our Military accomplished in 2 MONTHS, that which the Soviet Union FAILED to do in ten years.

Hands down: BUSH for Man of The YEAR! !

Thanks, Jean, for posting this and to you Sabertooth for the ping!

43 posted on 12/17/2001 8:53:18 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: Sabertooth
Here, here! That's wonderful, Saber. Thanks so much.
44 posted on 12/17/2001 8:59:35 AM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: Sabertooth
Thanks for the flag. I can't imagine anyone else being president during these trying times; Pres Bush is the real deal, and that goes for his lovely wife, Laura. May the good Lord bless them both.
45 posted on 12/17/2001 9:01:15 AM PST by katze
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To: Shooter 2.5
Won't take much to run Time, NewsWeak and US News and World Report to be out of business; they've been offering their rags for pennies for a long time now. A businessman friend was givren 6 months free from NewsWeak, with no obligation, and happily accommodated them. ;-)
46 posted on 12/17/2001 9:06:18 AM PST by katze
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To: Sabertooth
Thank you so much for the heads up! KUDOS on the verse!!!
47 posted on 12/17/2001 9:21:47 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Shooter 2.5
I hope your hopes are realized!!
48 posted on 12/17/2001 9:43:55 AM PST by SusanUSA
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To: JeanS
Excellent article.
49 posted on 12/17/2001 9:48:04 AM PST by Salvation
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To: susangirl; katze
We can't win until we can get our message out to the people without the filters the left wing media continues to embrace. Katze, I hope your friend cancelled after the 6 months and it's good to hear from you again.
50 posted on 12/17/2001 9:57:04 AM PST by Shooter 2.5
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