NATION : ‘Begin Leading,’ President Urged

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports</i>

The chairman of the Democratic Party, describing President Bush as offering the nation timid leadership, called on the Republican President today to begin “matching his actions to his charming words.”

“It would be wonderful to have an American President seize this time of change and begin leading the world again,” Ronald H. Brown told a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.

The party chairman’s speech reflected his earlier statements that it is time to “start taking on George Bush,” and it received an enthusiastic response from his partisan audience.

“Are we going to go forward with a public spirit, a commitment to doing what it takes at every level of American society using every American political institution?” asked Brown. “Or are we going to continue the ethic of greed, humming the lemming-like melody--don’t worry, be happy?”