The Vocational Rhetoric of George W. Bush: A Cluster Analysis
Georgia Political Science Association November 13-15, 2008 Savannah, Georgia
12 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2021
Date Written: 2008
George W. Bush has cited biblical references more than any other president before him and has alluded to his personal faith more than any other president, including notable chief executives such as Abraham Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson. Bush’s detractors accuse him of using code-speak to woo the conservative voter while his proponents say he is simply being himself, a genuine man of faith. And, others find his use of faith based rhetoric dangerous because they interpret his remarks of divine call synonymous with intolerant imperialism. The purpose of the study is to determine if President George W. Bush believes in his self-described call; it is not an endorsement or criticism of his claim. This cluster analysis shows that Bush exhibits vocational rhetoric, or the expression of a call to service, and that his vocational call to the presidency influences the performance of his duties as president.
Keywords: Vocation, Presidency, George W. Bush, Sonja K. Foss, Rhetoric, Cluster Analysis, Faith
JEL Classification: A13, Y80, Z12, Z18
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