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'43: Inside the George W. Bush Presidency'

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'43: Inside the George W. Bush Presidency'

Robert Gates, Michael Nelson, Barbara Perry, Russell Riley, William Antholis (moderator)

Thursday, February 02, 2023
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EST)
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Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joins Miller Center presidential scholars to discuss the inner workings of the George W. Bush administration and the new book 43: Inside the George W. Bush Presidency. What was it like to be with the president on 9/11? Why did he push for "judicial restraint"? How did Bush make his presidency a continuation of his governorship in Texas?

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When
Thursday, February 02, 2023
2:00PM - 3:00PM (EST)
Where
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Speakers
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Robert Gates

Robert M. Gates served as U.S. secretary of defense from December 2006 to July 2011, the only one to hold that position who was asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president. President Barack Obama was the eighth president Gates served.

Prior to that, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional at the Central Intelligence Agency. During that period, he spent nearly nine years at the National Security Council, serving four presidents of both political parties. He served as director of the CIA from 1991 until 1993—the only career officer in CIA's history to rise from entry-level employee to director. Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has twice received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA's highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is the author of From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insider's Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War.

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Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Miller Center. He has published multiple books, including Resilient America: Electing Nixon, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government, which won the Richard Neustadt Award for best book on the presidency published in 2014. Other recent books are 43: Inside the George W. Bush Presidency (2022), The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776–2018, with Sidney Milkis (2020); The Presidency and the Political System, 12th ed.(2020); and The Elections of 2016 (2017). He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Politics and Political Science Quarterly, and in periodicals such as Virginia Quarterly Review, Claremont Review of Books, and Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Barbara Perry

Barbara A. Perry is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor and director of Presidential Studies at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program. She has authored or edited 16 books on presidents, First Ladies, the Kennedy family, the Supreme Court, and civil rights and civil liberties. Perry has conducted more than 120 interviews for the George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama Presidential Oral History Projects; participated in the Bill Clinton interviews; directed the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project; and co-directs the Hillary Rodham Clinton Oral History Project. She served as a U.S. Supreme Court fellow and has worked for both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate.

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Russell Riley

Russell Riley, co-chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, is the White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing and the contemporary presidency. He has logged more than 1,500 hours of confidential interviews with senior members of the White House staff, cabinet officers, and foreign leaders back to the days of the Carter and Reagan administrations.

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William Antholis (moderator)

William J. Antholis has served as director and CEO of UVA's Miller Center of Public Affairs since January 2015. In that time, the Miller Center has strengthened its position as the leading nonpartisan research institution on the American presidency and worked with scholars across the University of Virginia to deliver vital research to policymakers and the public. Before coming to the Miller Center, Antholis served as managing director at the Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014, working directly with Brookings's president and vice presidents. Antholis is the author of Inside Out India and China: Local Politics Go Global (2013) and co-author (with Strobe Talbott) of Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics in the Age of Global Warming (2010). He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade.

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