In doing research for this year’s State of the City address, I noticed that Mayor Jerry Sanders’ previous two speeches included quotes from former Republican presidents. The first speech quoted Ronald Regan and the second cited Gerald Ford.

So, I wondered aloud this week which president Sanders would quote in this year’s speech. President George W. Bush, it turns out — though he didn’t do it by name.

In making what seemed to be an election-year plea for voters to stick with him, here’s what the mayor had to say:

To reach our goal of financial stability and restored public trust, we must stay the course. (Emphasis added.)

You’ll remember that line as the not-too-successful pitch used by Bush in trying to rally the public behind his Iraq War strategy.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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