2000 Election December 14 World News Tonight Part 2


>>>FINALLY THIS EVENING, THE STYLE. EVERY CHANGE OF ADMINISTRATION BRINGS NEW STYLE TO WASHINGTON. THINK OF PRESIDENTS KENNEDY AND REAGAN AND JOHNSON, TO NAME BUT THREE. MR. BUSH’S FATHER WAS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS PATRIOTIC, THOUGH HE DID HAVE A PUBLIC PASSION FOR PORK GRINDS. BUT IT IS THE WORK ETHIC THAT’S MOST IMPORTANT. DOES A PRESIDENT GET INTO EVERYTHING, AS JIMMY CARTER DID, TO HIS PERIL? IS HE LAID BACK, AS WAS PRESIDENT REAGAN? THE SECOND REPORT TONIGHT FROM DEAN REYNOLDS, ON THE PRESIDENT-ELECT FROM TEXAS.>>Reporter: TEXANS KNOW HIM BETTER THAN OTHER AMERICANS, AND THEY HAVE A PRETTY GOOD IDEA WHAT WE CAN EXPECT WHEN MR. BUSH GOES TO WASHINGTON.>>HE IS FOCUSED, AND HE IS DISCIPLIND, BUT HE IS NOT AN AROUND-THE-CLOCK KIND OF WORKER.>>Reporter: A TYPICAL BUSH WORK DAY BEGINS EARLY AND ENDS EARLY, WITH A LONG BREAK IN THE MIDDLE FOR EXERCISE. INDEED, AN ENDURING IMAGE OF THE POST-ELECTION PERIOD HAS BEEN BUSH AT EASE — ON HIS RANCH OR AT THE GYM.>>HE’LL HAVE TO CHANGE HIS WORK HABITS, AND HE WON’T PARTICULARLY ENJOY IT.>>Reporter: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PROFESSOR BRUCE BUCHANAN SAYS BUSH WILL GOVERN MORE LIKE RONALD REAGAN THAN HIS FATHER.>>HE THINKS OF HIMSELF AS A BIG-PICTURE GUY, WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS TO SET GOALS, THEN DELEGATE AND THEN HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE.>>Reporter: OVERCOMING PARTISANSHIP HAS BEEN A BUSH HALLMARK HERE. COZYING UP TO POLITICAL MODERATES OF BOTH PARTIES, ESPECIALLY DEMOCRATS. AUSTIN JOURNALIST HARVEY KRONBERG SAYS BUSH WILL DO IT IN WASHINGTON, TOO.>>IF I HAD TO GUESS, I WOULD SAY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A STEADY STREAM OF PEOPLE COMING TO THE WHITE HOUSE TO FEEL THE BUSH MAGIC. TIP O’NEILL SAID ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL. THE BUSH MAXIM IS, ALL POLITICS ARE PERSONAL.>>Reporter: EXTREMISTS OUT FOR POLITICAL BLOOD IN WASHINGTON MAY BE SURPRISED TO LEARN HOW BUSH DEALT WITH THOSE TYPES IN AUSTIN.>>HERE IN TEXAS, HE ESSENTIALLY STIFFED THEM, BECAUSE THEY HAD NOWHERE ELSE TO GO, AND HE DIDN’T NEED THEM.>>Reporter: BESIDES, STANDING UP TO EXTREME PARTISANS COULD HELP BUSH.>>THAT SHOULD STRENGTHEN HIS HAND IN THE CENTER, WHICH IS WHERE HE INTENDS TO OPERATE.>>Reporter: IN TEXAS, BUSH RELIED HEAVILY FOR GUIDANCE ON HIS POLITICAL SENIORS, THE LATE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BOB BULLOCK WAS A MENTOR, MUCH AS DICK CHENEY IS EXPECTED TO [email protected] FOR BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE. BUT DOES THAT RELIANCE, WHICH EXTEND TO HIS CADRE OF EXTREMELY LOYAL AIDES, MASKS AS WHAT SOME SEES AS A PROBLEM?>>HE COMBINES IGNORANCE OF THE POLICY BACKGROUND IN WASHINGTON, WITH A DISTASTE FOR STUDY.>>Reporter: AND THAT MAY BE A VULNERABILITY, BUT GOVERNOR BUSH WAS ELECTED AND THEN RE-ELECTED BY AN OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF TEXANS, THE PEOPLE WHO KNOW HIM BEST. DEAN REYNOLDS, ABC NEWS, AUSTIN.>>>THAT’S OUR REPORT ON “WORLD NEWS TONIGHT” — ON “PRIME TIME THURSDAY,” THE BUSH BROTHERS.>>>DON’T FORGET “NIGHTLINE” AND ABCNEWS.COM ALL THE TIME. I’M PETER JENNINGS. GOOD NIGHT. — Captions by VITAC —
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