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Making the grade: CNN analysts and commentators rate Bush's performance

 
Bipartisanship

International affairs

Tax cut

Education

Environment

Overall
Tucker Carlson

A

C-

A-

B

C

B+
Michelle Cottle

B

B

C

D

B

C
Robert George

B

B

A- (*)

B

B-

B+
Bill Press

D

B

B

C

F

C
Bill Schneider

C

C

B

A

C

B

*Pending enactment

Tucker Carlson
Political analyst
Co-host, 'The Spin Room'

"Generally I say Bush is doing fairly well, though we'll have to wait for at least Day 175 of his first 100 days to know for sure."




Michelle Cottle
Co-host, 'Take 5'

"I have disagreed with a lot of his policy moves, but politically he continues to outperform expectations to the point of where folks in Washington are now talking about how much smarter he is than they actually thought.

"On education, he tells us it's his top priority but thus far has sat back and let Congress water down his plan to the point of worthlessness. He's low-key and stays out of the way much of the time, but he could use a lighter touch in dealing with Hill Democrats. He did not win points by cramming tax-cut legislation through the House early on."




Robert George
Panelist, 'Take 5'

"If a movie were to be made of Bush's first 100 days, the title would be 'Return to Normalcy.' This is a no-frills administration. The nation is suddenly free of 'The Perils of Pauline'/'Jerry Springer' nature of the Clinton years.

Specifics

"(He) survived his first international controversy, with no lives lost and America coming off looking fine, check. Democrats moved $700 billion in Bush's direction on taxes, check. (He) gave up vouchers a bit too quick but got the Democrats to agree on testing and school accountability, check. Environmental record is actually good, but (he) has fumbled the politics of it -- perhaps the only area of real concern. On the 'bipartisanship' so beloved by the Beltway crowd, he's charmed both the press corps and a large segment of Democrats -- while sticking to a pretty conservative agenda -- and smiling all the way."




Bill Press
Co-host, 'Crossfire'
'The Spin Room'

"(The White House) has so successfully lowered the expectations for George W. Bush, that even if he's just standing up in 100 days, he will be considered the greatest president that ever lived."




Bill Schneider
Senior political analyst

"I think he's set the right tone for the new administratition. (It's) modest, open, very different from the tone of the Clinton administration, less self-aggrandizing, less conspicuous in his involvement in every issue. Best of all, he's been very selective about his agenda. He's chosen a few items, like education and the tax cut, to focus his attention and concentrated on those priorities. In other words, he knows how to prioritize. On the other hand, his handling of unexpected events has been a little clumsy. The Kyoto agreement was very poorly handled; he was very dismissive, shocking our allies and resurrecting the image of the ugly American. China, I thought, in the end, he handled well, though there was a little unsureness at the outset."

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