President Bush's approval ratings have been hovering near 90% since the September 11th attacks. A war is being waged on Afghanistan, but with the exception of distant photographs, Americans don't know what is really going on there. And the Pentagon isn't sharing much. Since Vietnam and Watergate, Americans have been notoriously cynical about their leaders. But in this time of crisis, faith in government is at an all-time high. Is that faith justified? Could we be seeing a fundamental change in how we view our elected leadership?
Alan Brinkley, Professor of History at Columbia University and author of "Voices of Protest''
This program aired on October 24, 2001.