03/19/2012 09:05 am ET

Presidents' Reputations Often Staked On Economic Factors Beyond Their Control

In Presidential politics, timing is everything. If the 1992 election had been held six months later, when an economic recovery that was already under way had become unmissable, George H. W. Bush might well have won a second term, and the technology-driven "Clinton boom" of the nineties might have become known as the "Bush-Dole boom."

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