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George W. Bush

You had to know that the Bush Administration was pulling out the history books when Bush said, two days after the WTC catastrophe, "They have roused a mighty giant." This was a twist on General Yamamoto's statement at the commencement of the bombing of Pearl Harbor: "We have awakened a sleeping giant. God help us."

There is an irony here, and it isn't the Bush-Yamamoto connection. It's Ari Fleischer's statement about Social Security during a White House press briefing, "After all, Social Security was instituted during the height of the communist movement in America."¹

I don't see any communists now, and Mother Russia (formerly the Soviet Union) is one of our allies against terrorism, and has cautioned the Bush Administration to be very careful when it comes to Afghanistan. Russia's own incursion into that country was one of the pivotal factors leading to the downfall of the U.S.S.R. in 1991. Afghanistan's brief Marxist regime, supported by the U.S.S.R. (and subsequent lead into terrorism and the Islamic Jihad) are subjects for another article. So, too, the USA's cold war connection to the aforementioned.

That WWII's defining moment for the USA ( Pearl Harbor), has become the metaphor for 9/11/01 should come as no surprise to astrologers. The two events do resonate, and FDR's natal chart shows eye-opening correspondences to the WTC catastrophe and to the "new" George W. Bush.

When FDR rushed to Congress on December 8, 1941 to deliver his "Pearl Harbor" speech, he had no choice but to ride in Al Capone's limosine. The limosine had been confiscated from Capone who was residing in a not-so-comfy federal prison. Always the wit, FDR said when he entered the vehicle, "I hope he doesn't mind."

Roosevelts's Mars at 27 Gemini conjoins WTC impact Moon at 28 Gemini. Both Moons trine the USA's natal Moon and FDR's Mercury at 27 Aquarius. The Moon and the sign Aquarius are associated with the public; the masses; the common people; the working people of a nation. FDR's Mercury in the 6th house of working people squares Pluto in Taurus (the sign associated with Big Money) in his 9th house of the judiciary -- a struggle to revise the laws to uplift the people.

Venus, dispositor of Pluto, is at 6 Aquarius, thus linking FDR with the unemployed working masses who were crippled as a result of the 1929 stock market crash, as well. The political and social crises which brought Roosevelt into office (1933) demanded radical (Uranus/Aquarius) solutions. Hence, The New Deal, the WPA and Social Security. Roosevelt's Mercury Pluto square has obvious connections to Pearl Harbor: Mercury in the aviation sign of Aquarius in square to Pluto in 9th house Taurus, the house of foreign governments. Roosevelt's Uranus at 17 Virgo is conjoined to his Ascendant. Thus, Roosevelt was a man well-adapted to sudden, eruptive changes. Because of this, he was skilled (Virgo) at navigating the world crisis. [This should spark pride in our "Pluto conjunct Uranus in Virgo" friends born in the 1960's. This generation is already making an impact in U.S. politics. Their skill and discipline are enviable.] Uranus's link to aviation and those who died at Pearl Harbor is found in Roosvelt's 9th house as well: Chiron, the wounder and the wounded, is quincunx Uranus in Virgo.

Roosevelt's Ascendant, 14 Virgo, is George W. Bush's Progressed Ascendant. Transiting Pluto and Saturn (in opposition) square the aforementioned Ascendants. George Bush's Progressed Nodes (North 17 Gemini and South 17 Sagittarius) are squared by Roosevelt's first house Uranus at 17 Virgo. Thus, Bush meets what Roosevelt met: a sudden attack upon the United States by aircraft. Bush's Solar Arc directed Pallas Athena (the strategist and dispenser of justice) is at 27 Aquarius conjoined to Roosevelt's Mercury. Bush's domestic strategy, now irrevocably altered by the WTC catastrophe, could indicate that Bush will upset right wing conservative forces (see Washington Post article sidebar) through the implementation of a "Roosevelt iconoclasm." This represents a direct departure from the Bush Administration's original agenda.

Presently critics of Bush are doing a lot of bitching about his swagger, high blown rhetoric, secretiveness, and unilateralism: "You're either with us or against us." A look at Roosevelt's chart reveals a Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter conjunction in fixed Taurus (disposited by Venus in Aquarius). This martini drinking, chain-smoking president engaged in more spin, rhetoric (see text of Pearl Harbor speech below), secret deals, and strong-arming of his administration than Dubya ever dreamed of. And Roosevelt won the war.² Roosevelt knew how to play the game on the earth plane (Saturn in earthy Taurus). He intrinsically understood that the world belongs to Saturn, not to Neptune. Regardless of the pain (Chiron in Taurus conjunct Jupiter), Roosevelt remained optimistic and hoped for a better world. Roosevelt's Saturn-Neptune conjunction forced him to earth (Saturn) his vision (Neptune). Dubya's waltz with "The New Deal," should it hold, is awe-inspiring even in light of the Machievellian choices that lie ahead. Tony Blair, British PM, is Dubya's Churchill. The past enfolds the present, and Pearl Harbor reckons with her Chiron Return (50 years).


¹ My father, Knute F. Dobkins (b. 1921), is a child of the FDR Democratic realignment. He endured the depression as one of those who really did go to school without any shoes. He is a WWII veteran who eventually retired from the Naval Reserve in peace time as a Commander, and served two terms as Chairman of the Democratic Party for the State of Indiana. Mr. Dobkins, and many of the WWII vets I've had occasion to speak with, were appalled by Fleischer's remark. Fleischer not only pretends to know nothing of history, but slaps the face of the generation that made it possible for him to enjoy his First Amendment right to insult our intelligence us with his self-serving idiocy.

² Roosevelt died in office before he could see victory. That honor was handed to Vice President Harry S. Truman who succeeded Roosevelt as president the day of his death.

FDR Signs Social Security Into Law


(December 8, 1941)

To the Congress of the United States:

Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.

Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday, the Japanese government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night, Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night, the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

This morning, the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As commander in chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.


September 20, 2001, 9:00 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Mr. Speaker, Mr. President Pro Tempore, members of Congress, and fellow Americans:

In the normal course of events, Presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is needed. It has already been delivered by the American people.

We have seen it in the courage of passengers, who rushed terrorists to save others on the ground -- passengers like an exceptional man named Todd Beamer. And would you please help me to welcome his wife, Lisa Beamer, here tonight.

We have seen the state of our Union in the endurance of rescuers, working past exhaustion. We have seen the unfurling of flags, the lighting of candles, the giving of blood, the saying of prayers -- in English, Hebrew, and Arabic. We have seen the decency of a loving and giving people who have made the grief of strangers their own.

My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of our Union -- and it is strong.

Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice, or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.

I thank the Congress for its leadership at such an important time. All of America was touched on the evening of the tragedy to see Republicans and Democrats joined together on the steps of this Capitol, singing "God Bless America." And you did more than sing; you acted, by delivering $40 billion to rebuild our communities and meet the needs of our military. Speaker Hastert, Minority Leader Gephardt, Majority Leader Daschle and Senator Lott, I thank you for your friendship, for your leadership and for your service to our country.

And on behalf of the American people, I thank the world for its outpouring of support. America will never forget the sounds of our National Anthem playing at Buckingham Palace, on the streets of Paris, and at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate.

We will not forget South Korean children gathering to pray outside our embassy in Seoul, or the prayers of sympathy offered at a mosque in Cairo. We will not forget moments of silence and days of mourning in Australia and Africa and Latin America.

Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own: dozens of Pakistanis; more than 130 Israelis; more than 250 citizens of India; men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan; and hundreds of British citizens. America has no truer friend than Great Britain.

Once again, we are joined together in a great cause -- so honored the British Prime Minister has crossed an ocean to show his unity of purpose with America. Thank you for coming, friend.

On September the 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars -- but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war -- but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks -- but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day -- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.

Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking: Who attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda. They are the same murderers indicted for bombing American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the USS Cole.

Al Qaeda is to terror what the mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money; its goal is remaking the world -- and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.

The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics -- a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists' directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans, and make no distinction among military and civilians, including women and children.

This group and its leader -- a person named Osama bin Laden -- are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.

The leadership of al Qaeda has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country. In Afghanistan, we see al Qaeda's vision for the world. Afghanistan's people have been brutalized -- many are starving and many have fled. Women are not allowed to attend school. You can be jailed for owning a television. Religion can be practiced only as their leaders dictate. A man can be jailed in Afghanistan if his beard is not long enough.

The United States respects the people of Afghanistan -- after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid -- but we condemn the Taliban regime. (Applause.) It is not only repressing its own people, it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder.

And tonight, the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban: Deliver to United States authorities all the leaders of al Qaeda who hide in your land. (Applause.) Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens, you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan, and hand over every terrorist, and every person in their support structure, to appropriate authorities. (Applause.) Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer operating.

These demands are not open to negotiation or discussion. The Taliban must act, and act immediately. They will hand over the terrorists, or they will share in their fate.

I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It's practiced freely by many millions of Americans, and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. Its teachings are good and peaceful, and those who commit evil in the name of Allah blaspheme the name of Allah. The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends. Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists, and every government that supports them.

Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.

They want to overthrow existing governments in many Muslim countries, such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. They want to drive Israel out of the Middle East. They want to drive Christians and Jews out of vast regions of Asia and Africa.

These terrorists kill not merely to end lives, but to disrupt and end a way of life. With every atrocity, they hope that America grows fearful, retreating from the world and forsaking our friends. They stand against us, because we stand in their way.

We are not deceived by their pretenses to piety. We have seen their kind before. They are the heirs of all the murderous ideologies of the 20th century. By sacrificing human life to serve their radical visions -- by abandoning every value except the will to power -- they follow in the path of fascism, and Nazism, and totalitarianism. And they will follow that path all the way, to where it ends: in history's unmarked grave of discarded lies.

Americans are asking: How will we fight and win this war? We will direct every resource at our command -- every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence, and every necessary weapon of war -- to the disruption and to the defeat of the global terror network.

This war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes, visible on TV, and covert operations, secret even in success. We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.

From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.

Our nation has been put on notice: We are not immune from attack. We will take defensive measures against terrorism to protect Americans. Today, dozens of federal departments and agencies, as well as state and local governments, have responsibilities affecting homeland security. These efforts must be coordinated at the highest level. So tonight I announce the creation of a Cabinet-level position reporting directly to me -- the Office of Homeland Security.

And tonight I also announce a distinguished American to lead this effort, to strengthen American security: a military veteran, an effective governor, a true patriot, a trusted friend -- Pennsylvania's Tom Ridge. (Applause.) He will lead, oversee and coordinate a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard our country against terrorism, and respond to any attacks that may come.

These measures are essential. But the only way to defeat terrorism as a threat to our way of life is to stop it, eliminate it, and destroy it where it grows.

Many will be involved in this effort, from FBI agents to intelligence operatives to the reservists we have called to active duty. All deserve our thanks, and all have our prayers. And tonight, a few miles from the damaged Pentagon, I have a message for our military: Be ready. I've called the Armed Forces to alert, and there is a reason. The hour is coming when America will act, and you will make us proud.

This is not, however, just America's fight. And what is at stake is not just America's freedom. This is the world's fight. This is civilization's fight. This is the fight of all who believe in progress and pluralism, tolerance and freedom.

We ask every nation to join us. We will ask, and we will need, the help of police forces, intelligence services, and banking systems around the world. The United States is grateful that many nations and many international organizations have already responded -- with sympathy and with support. Nations from Latin America, to Asia, to Africa, to Europe, to the Islamic world. Perhaps the NATO Charter reflects best the attitude of the world: An attack on one is an attack on all. The civilized world is rallying to America's side. They understand that if this terror goes unpunished, their own cities, their own citizens may be next. Terror, unanswered, can not only bring down buildings, it can threaten the stability of legitimate governments. And you know what -- we're not going to allow it.

Americans are asking: What is expected of us? I ask you to live your lives, and hug your children. I know many citizens have fears tonight, and I ask you to be calm and resolute, even in the face of a continuing threat. I ask you to uphold the values of America, and remember why so many have come here. We are in a fight for our principles, and our first responsibility is to live by them. No one should be singled out for unfair treatment or unkind words because of their ethnic background or religious faith.

I ask you to continue to support the victims of this tragedy with your contributions. Those who want to give can go to a central source of information, libertyunites.org, to find the names of groups providing direct help in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The thousands of FBI agents who are now at work in this investigation may need your cooperation, and I ask you to give it. I ask for your patience, with the delays and inconveniences that may accompany tighter security; and for your patience in what will be a long struggle.

I ask your continued participation and confidence in the American economy. Terrorists attacked a symbol of American prosperity. They did not touch its source. America is successful because of the hard work, and creativity, and enterprise of our people. These were the true strengths of our economy before September 11th, and they are our strengths today.

And, finally, please continue praying for the victims of terror and their families, for those in uniform, and for our great country. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow, and will help strengthen us for the journey ahead.

Tonight I thank my fellow Americans for what you have already done and for what you will do. And ladies and gentlemen of the Congress, I thank you, their representatives, for what you have already done and for what we will do together.

Tonight, we face new and sudden national challenges. We will come together to improve air safety, to dramatically expand the number of air marshals on domestic flights, and take new measures to prevent hijacking. We will come together to promote stability and keep our airlines flying, with direct assistance during this emergency.

We will come together to give law enforcement the additional tools it needs to track down terror here at home. We will come together to strengthen our intelligence capabilities to know the plans of terrorists before they act, and find them before they strike.

We will come together to take active steps that strengthen America's economy, and put our people back to work.

Tonight we welcome two leaders who embody the extraordinary spirit of all New Yorkers: Governor George Pataki, and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. (Applause.) As a symbol of America's resolve, my administration will work with Congress, and these two leaders, to show the world that we will rebuild New York City.

After all that has just passed -- all the lives taken, and all the possibilities and hopes that died with them -- it is natural to wonder if America's future is one of fear. Some speak of an age of terror. I know there are struggles ahead, and dangers to face. But this country will define our times, not be defined by them. As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world.

Great harm has been done to us. We have suffered great loss. And in our grief and anger we have found our mission and our moment. Freedom and fear are at war. The advance of human freedom -- the great achievement of our time, and the great hope of every time -- now depends on us. Our nation -- this generation -- will lift a dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.

It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to normal. We'll go back to our lives and routines, and that is good. Even grief recedes with time and grace. But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day, and to whom it happened. We'll remember the moment the news came -- where we were and what we were doing. Some will remember an image of a fire, or a story of rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

And I will carry this: It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end.

I will not forget this wound to our country or those who inflicted it. I will not yield; I will not rest; I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.

Fellow citizens, we'll meet violence with patient justice -- assured of the rightness of our cause, and confident of the victories to come. In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom, and may He watch over the United States of America. Thank you.

END 9:41 P.M. EDT

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A revised George Bush seems more like FDR after the WTC catastrophe than a right wing conservative. Astrology shows us why.

For Bush, New Emergencies Ushered in a New Agenda

By John F. Harris and Dana Milbank
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, September 22, 2001; Page A03

The twin demands of a sagging economy and an urgent new war on terrorism have transformed the philosophical heart of President Bush's agenda. A man who came to power offering himself as an ideological descendant of Ronald Reagan has emerged nine months later as something closer to an heir of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The modern conservative movement, which provided the base of this president's support in the 2000 election, had several pillars. They included a distrust of centralized authority, an unyielding faith in free markets and a conviction that individuals should be left to succeed or fail on their own without the protection of a welfare state.

But Bush's words in recent days -- and most powerfully in his speech to Congress on Thursday night -- suggest he has concluded that few of the old faiths that animated the conservative agenda before Sept. 11 have much relevance in the current emergency. Suspicion of a powerful national government gave way to a massive federal commitment to rebuild New York City. Devotion to free markets has yielded to an expensive promise to rescue the failing airline industry with government subsidies.

And although conservatives once boasted of their determination to get government "off the backs" of the American people, Bush warned that individual convenience must be balanced anew against the collective need for tighter security. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft has proposed anti-terrorism measures that vastly increase the reach of the federal government into citizens' privacy -- ideas that have caused activists at both ends of the ideological spectrum to warn about encroachments on liberty.

At the same time, Bush is working on a large economic stimulus package to stave off recession. He said a weak economy needs its pump primed by government with a big infusion of money -- a basic precept of Keynesian economics that was at the heart of FDR's New Deal. Finally, in a presidential debate last year, Bush warned that the critical point about the use of military force is that "the exit strategy needs to be well defined," and he said he was "concerned that we're overdeployed around the world." In his forceful vow to fight global terror Thursday night, Bush made clear there could be multiple venues for military action and set no clear definition of how he will gauge whether the mission is adequately accomplished.

Presidential scholars and political activists said the new Bush agenda represents an obvious need to meet a crisis -- and noted that most conservatives have always said that protecting national security is a legitimate role for government. Bush, they said, remains a conservative -- a believer in tax cuts and missile defense -- but is governing in radically changed circumstances.

"September 11 has changed everything," said Ed Feulner, president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank that celebrated the early months of Bush's term.

But he and other conservatives said they are concerned about the prospect that responding to terror will be a pretext for Washington -- Congress and the administration -- to expand government's role in ways they think unwise.

"Everybody's a bit paranoid on our side," said Fred Smith, head of the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute. "One of the tragedies is when market economies go to war they weaken their greatest strength -- the market."

Feulner objects to the airline bailout, the economic stimulus package and parts of the anti-terrorism package. "I thought we'd gotten past the point where you throw large pots of money at a problem," he said. "There seems to be a loss of focus; some cooler heads are saying make sure we don't throw out the baby while changing the bathwater."

"Wars are nasty things: They make governments grow," said Grover Norquist, an anti-tax activist who frequently defends the administration. "It's going to be our job as a center-right coalition to remind people to restore budget discipline."

Ever since he ran for president, Bush has tried to maintain a balance between policies and rhetoric that will keep his conservative base content and project a message of compassion and moderation to swing voters. In recent weeks, even before the attacks, there have been signs that the White House is altering its political calculations further away from a rigid conservative line.

The White House opted to drop its battle with Senate Democrats over two controversial nominees: Donald Schregardus, tapped to head pollution enforcement at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Mary Sheila Gall, chosen to head the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Bush's Office of Management and Budget, which earlier drew criticism for suspending Clinton administration regulations, urged the government to draft regulations of its own governing the label of "trans-fatty acids" in foods and promoting the availability of defibrillators in the workplace.

During the first nine months of his administration, Bush and his aides took pains to not offend their base of religious conservatives. But the president dispatched his spokesman to chide ministers Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell for "inappropriate" remarks when they said on television that liberal civil libertarians, gays and abortion rights supporters had incited God's anger and were partly responsible for the terrorist attacks. They later renounced their remarks.

Some of Bush's recent evolution reflects clear responses to terrorism, and some, such as the OMB decisions, may be coincidental. But there is also a hope among Bush friends and foes that the attacks, by strengthening Bush in public esteem, may give him more latitude to govern from the political middle.

"After eight months of pursuing a right-wing policy agenda, President Bush the past week has reached out in a genuine bipartisan manner," said Ralph G. Neas, head of the liberal People for the American Way. Though he objects to some of Bush's anti-terrorism proposals on civil liberties grounds, Neas expressed the hope that from now on "pragmatism and a more results-oriented approach will prevail over a more ideological agenda."

Some Bush allies said the image of Bush as an inflexible conservative was always a caricature. "I always thought it would be during a crisis that we'd see the full measure of the man," said Mark McKinnon, who was a Democratic consultant before joining with Bush in Texas. "A lot of people had a one-dimensional view of him. But there's a humanity about him that came through in the last week, a judgment that transcends ideology."

Presidential scholar Charles O. Jones, a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, said what has happened in the past 10 days represents "the most dramatic agenda replacement" for a president "certainly since Pearl Harbor." But he said it is not just conservatives who find their old platforms unsuited to new circumstances. Favored Democratic items such as prescription drugs under Medicare, he said, hardly seem like urgent priorities.

The horror of the attacks -- and the uncertainty about how best to respond -- has made everyone's assumptions obsolete, Jones said: "Ideologies are based on long-standing understandings, and that's not the case here. There is no precedent for what has happened, so everyone is cut loose from their moorings."

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