The Contemporary Presidency: The Bush White House: First Appraisals



This article examines Bush's first crack at assembling his White House and assesses its early performance as well as the staff and structural changes made in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. In an effort to gain perspective on the Bush record, the authors compare his staff to the initial staffs of his three immediate predecessors-Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. The findings refute much conventional wisdom and shed new light on White House staffing.