James Baker

Illustration of James Baker and George H.W. Bush
How James Baker Became James Baker

Sep 8, 2020 By Peter Baker and Susan Glasser

In this exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming ‘The Man Who Ran Washington,’ two veteran political correspondents recount how the future Reagan and Bush cabinet member's family legacy, a personal tragedy, and a friendship forged on the Houston Country Club’s tennis courts put a restless middle-aged lawyer on the path to power.

The Fixer

Mar 13, 2015 By Brian D. Sweany

James Baker says politics has changed since his White House days. For the worse.

The Republic of Chad

Jan 20, 2013 By Brian D. Sweany

Eight years ago, the closest presidential election ever was settled in a political street fight. In this oral history of the Florida recount, the victors recall the unbelievable twists and turns that put George W. Bush in the White House.

Today in the governor’s race: Why Hutchison can’t resign

Jan 21, 2010 By Paul Burka

HUTCHISON George H.W. Bush will endorse Hutchison, following Cheney and Baker. The Cheney endorsement was worse than useless; it was self-defeating, because it didn’t help her with conservatives who hate all things Washington, and it hurt her with moderate R’s who saw him as a sinister figure who undermined the…

James Baker

Sep 30, 2006 By Evan Smith

“You know, talking to people is not appeasement if you know what you’re doing and you’re a good, hard-nosed negotiator. There ought to be nothing wrong with diplomacy.”