The Bradley Foundation and Baylor University have commissioned Jay Hein to write a book on the Bush administration’s compassion initiatives. In his first speech as a presidential candidate in July 1999, George W. Bush outlined his vision for compassionate conservatism and a faith-based initiative that would rally the armies of compassion. His first inaugural addressed featured a challenge for Americans to be citizens, not spectators, in response to the challenges we face in our nation and our communities.
Throughout his two terms, President Bush enlarged the compassion agenda each year through such diverse activity as a call to service in response to 9/11, a mentoring children of prisoners initiative to break the cycle of despair, and an AIDS initiative in Africa that gave new life and new hope across the continent.
Hein’s book will describe the vision, policies, and stories of the President’s determined attack on need. Government was reformed to favor frontline charities. Philanthropy was encouraged to support voluntary action. And lives were transformed as a result.
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