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For President George W. Bush, the negative connotations associated with the

Western story may be less important than the positive ones. In this paper, I showed how

Bush adopts common sense cowboy codes through the Bush Doctrine. But perhaps

“adopt” is not the most accurate description. Bush may – at least partially – borrow from

cowboy ethics instinctually. Like the cowboy who was more concerned with doing and

not thinking (Fishwick 1952, 86), Bush’s instincts were described by Woodward in Bush

at War as his “second religion” (Woodward 2002, 342). According to the Washington

Post reporter, the president’s impulse was his “natural and spontaneous conclusions and

judgments” (Woodward 2002, 342).

Those who have observed Bush as governor have watched his transformation with

amazement – although there are different views of how and why he has evolved over the

last 2 1/2 years in Washington (Kornblut 2003, 16). Bruce Buchanan, a professor at the

University of Texas in Austin who has studied the Bush family political dynasty for

decades, said, “Really, it’s always been ‘my way or the highway’; it just wasn’t talked

about or written about as much as his impatience was” when Bush was governor (quoted

in Kornblut 2003, 16). Likewise, Bush called it his “gut reaction coming out” (quoted in

Woodward 2002, 16). “Why I came up with these specific words, maybe it was an echo

of the past … I don’t know why. I’ll tell you this – we didn’t sit around massaging the

words. I got up there and just spoke,” he said (quoted in Woodward 2002, 16).

At the same time, the president realizes the need for public support. Bush noted: “I

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Notably, both the Glazov and Schneider articles were written before the start of the regime-

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