Vision thing

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"Vision thing" (sometimes "the vision thing" or "that vision thing") is a notable sound bite and catch phrase from US president George H. W. Bush.


In the January 26, 1987, issue of Time magazine, in an article entitled “Where Is the Real George Bush?” journalist Robert Ajemian reported that a friend of Bush's had urged him to spend several days at Camp David thinking through his plans for his prospective presidency, to which Bush is said to have responded in exasperation, "Oh, the vision thing."[1] This oft-cited quote became a shorthand for the charge that Bush failed to contemplate or articulate important policy positions in a compelling and coherent manner.

The phrase has since become a metonym for any politician's failure to incorporate a greater vision in a campaign, and has often been applied in the media to other politicians or public figures.[2][3]

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  1. ^ Ajemian, Robert (January 26, 1987). ""Where Is the Real George Bush?"". Time. Retrieved October 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Joseph A. Palermo: Meg Whitman's "Vision Thing"". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ Sparrow, Andrew (2009-09-29). "Gordon Brown's Labour conference speech - live | Politics". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 

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