Bush ends post-poll strategy session
Assured of four more years in office, President George W. Bush returns to the White House after four days pondering his second term at Camp David.
Monday begins Bush's first full week back at the White House since his re-election. Promising to spend the political capital he earned on a very ambitious agenda, the president took White House chief of staff Andy Card and national security adviser Condoleezza Rice with him to the Maryland retreat to talk strategy. There is much to consider:
Who will be in the Cabinet? How will Bush deal with the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and the prospect that Iran will become a nuclear power? Will the insurgency in Iraq be quelled? Domestically, there's the question of how to push for tax, medical liability and Social Security reforms. And then there's the stalled Middle East peace effort.
Bush's first week as a second termer-elect begins slowly. No public events were scheduled on Monday or on Tuesday and the only thing on Wednesday's calendar is a dinner. The public schedule picks up on Thursday when he meets with visiting British Prime Minister Tony Blair, his steadfast ally in Iraq.