An interesting critic of George H. W. Bush, the forty-first president, was his son George W. Bush, the forty-third president. Bush was like an English Conservative politician of the old school, the kind challenged by Margaret Thatcher, a radical who wanted to overhaul English institutions. Democratic congressional leaders resolved early on that Bush would be a one-term president. This chapter discusses the Bush's economic policies as the 1992 election approached later, but it is important to point out here that the president was far more successful in working with Congress in international economic policy. Bush was very confident in his ability to conduct foreign policy. Bush's acceptance speech was all about foreign policy, but public attention had shifted. Bush's close policy advisers had worked in the Ford or Reagan administrations. Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev had created a domestic and international climate for reconciliation on a number of fronts, but Bush was initially cautious about Gorbachev.