ON-Lion Letter
In December, President George W. Bush visited the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) in Washington, D.C., for a candid, informal conversation with AEI president Christopher DeMuth about the institution of the presidency and several of his policy initiatives.  During the conversation, Bush reflected on his momentous years in the White House as his second term draws to a close.

"I have found that in order to have good decision-making and a White House that functions well, that the President needs to articulate a set of principles from which he will not defer.  In other words, a set of principles that are inviolate -- such as the universality of freedom," the President told DeMuth.

"Part of the presidency is the willingness to say, no matter how tough the issue may look, if it requires solution, go after it. And we did. And I do believe there will be a blueprint for a way forward," Bush said later.

Specifically, the President genially discussed domestic-policy issues -- including, among others, taxation, free trade, civil justice, judicial appointments, Social Security, and immigration.

Bush also thanked both DeMuth "for being the leader that you've been, and ... AEI for generating good thought."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports AEI.
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