"'The only modern president with less of a mandate was Gerald Ford in 1974, who received zero popular votes,' Heclo said. But he added that in contrast to Bush's image as a slacker, 'focus, self-control and unblinking perseverance prepared Bush to be a wartime president before he, or America, knew it was at war,'" - Washington Post, April 27, 2003.

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