With an eye toward the east

It's good politics for a new US president to focus almost exclusively on domestic issues his first year in office. At least that's what pollsters, lobbyists, and others that fancy themselves public opinion experts dictate. Acknowledging that Washington truism, President George W. Bush, within his first month in office, established an interagency energy task force. He placed oil industry veteran, Vice-Pres. Dick Cheney, in charge and then called on Capitol Hill to pass legislation quickly before consumers got their first air conditioning bill.His actions showed the White House can react swiftly to America's often shifting political pulse: a recent national public opinion poll f...

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