Institute to hold its annual analysis of the president

By Diane Ainsworth,Public Affairs

10 April 2001 | He’s been on a roller coaster since he took office; even his election was controversial.

Now it’s time to find out what Americans think about former Texas governor and newly elected President George W. Bush.

“There’s certainly no shortage of issues to address,” said Gerald Lubenow, moderator of this year’s “Annual Review of the Presidency,” to be held April 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. in 155 Dwinelle Hall.

“The way he was elected will be one topic of interest, as well as the way in which Clinton left office,” Lubenow said. “And then there are all the conflicting opinions in the public about the way he has handled many situations, such as the standoff in China, the economy and the energy crisis in California.”

The discussion will bring together senior presidential advisers, journalists, and academic experts to offer insight, analysis and behind-the-scenes views in a lively discussion of Washington politics. Participants will include:

• Andre Cherny, former speechwriter for President Clinton
• Martin Anderson, Hoover Institution Fellow, transition adviser to President Bush and former special assistant to President Reagan
• Nelson Polsby, Berkeley political science professor and author of “Presidential Elections”
• Richard Berke, New York Times chief political correspondent.

The public forum, sponsored each year by Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and UC Berkeley Extension, and co-sponsored this year by the New York Times, will encourage audience participation in a lively debate of many other topics, such as the new Congress, escalating violence in the Middle East, campaign finance reform and Bush’s proposed 10-year, $1.6-trillion tax cut. Lubenow, director of IGS publications, said the forum usually draws 300 to 400 people.

The “Annual Review of the Presidency” is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat, register online at or call 642-4111.


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