He already did:But it is entirely plausible that in this timeline, Bush will still pick him for his administrator, so I'm certainly not being critical of our authors here. I think they have done a fine job of generating a timeline that is not only *plausible*, but even quite *probable*, given their point of departure. The logic that drove George Bush to appoint Dick Truly will have a lot of the same force here, too.
President George H.W. Bush and Former-President Reagan met with Administrator Richard Truly for photographs and speeches commemorating the success of the program.
It should be noted that already having Space Station Enterprise in orbit and having a different disaster in the past does change the incentives for Truly on the SEI.