Friday, Oct 24th

Last update:05:18:56 PM GMT

GWB: Decision Points Released

E-mail Print
Share

decision_point

Conveniently released on November 9 (after midterm elections), it is GWB's long awaited memoirs: Decision Point. List Price: $35.00. Amazon Price: 18.90. In his book, Bush dished badly on the Maverick: John McCain.

Former President George W. Bush has said his upcoming memoir isn't about settling scores, but he may have made an exception for onetime GOP rival John McCain.

In "Decision Points," set to hit shelves Tuesday, the former president takes dead aim at McCain's 2008 presidential campaign, which he implies was run very badly.

Among other things, Bush questions why McCain, his rival for the 2000 GOP nomination, didn't better capitalize politically on the '08 financial crisis. As Politico's James Hohmann reports, Bush writes that he was puzzled by McCain's handling of the crisis, which included suspending his campaign and calling for a White House meeting on a proposed rescue package.

"I thought the financial crisis gave John his best change to mount a comeback," Bush writes. "In periods of crisis, voters value experience and judgment over youth and charisma. By handling the challenge in a statesmanlike way, John could make a case he was the better candidate for the times."

Bush says he asked McCain to hold off on a meeting, citing concerns that it might jeopardize talks between congressional negotiators and then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. But Bush says McCain ignored his appeals--and thereby handed Obama an opportunity to describe him as "erratic."

At the subsequent meeting, Obama's "calm demeanor" and willingness to work through gridlock impressed Bush and his aides, according to the book. But when it came time for McCain to talk, Bush says, the Arizona senator had nothing to say. "I was puzzled," Bush says in the book. "He had called for this meeting. I assumed he would come prepared to outline a way to get the bill passed."

Bush also questions why McCain didn't ask him to campaign for him. Even though Bush's poll ratings were low, Bush thinks he could have helped with the GOP base. "I was confident I could have helped him make his case," Bush writes. "But the decision was his. I was disappointed I couldn't do more to help him."

Another McCain decision that irks Bush: his choice of Sarah Palin as his '08 running mate. This doesn't make it into the Bush book, but the New York Daily News' Tom DeFrank writes that the former president, like his former strategist Karl Rove, has told friends that he doesn't think Palin is qualified to be president and blames McCain for giving her a national platform. "Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man," a Republican official familiar with Bush's thinking told DeFrank. Link

Lets all think back in 2008 when the nation argued on how qualified Palin was on the national ticket, just one McCain heart-attack-beat away from the White House. Even George W. feels Sarah Palin sucks.

So America, remember this in 2012 when you want the Wasilla monster to run for the Presidency!

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Latest Comments

From the Forum

Article Roundup

Oprah Is The Best Boss Eva!

News image

What I would give to work for Oprah.  In this economic climate, full of pay cuts, budget cuts, and layoffs, what...

Read more

Just in time for Christmas

Thieves have found a new way to steal your credit card info, at the pump.    About 45 customers who ...

Read more

Food Recall on Beef Products for E.Coli

Here we go again folks.  This time is tainted beef. The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on May 16 that ...

Read more

Palin is a RETARD!

News image

This possible candidate for the 2012 Presidency is a complete dunce! Palin demanded the firing of Rahm Emanuel for saying th...

Read more

Restaurant Chain Bennigan's Closes

Another victim of the state of our economy, Bennigan's restaurant chain has filed for bankruptcy and immediately shuttered all ...

Read more

U.S. Census - Is The Word Negro Back In Style Now?

News image

  Did I miss the memo?  When exactly did the word "negro" come back into style for use to describe African Am...

Read more

4065 American Killed!!

That is how many of our soldiers have been killed in the Iraq war. 4065 US soldiers killed in Iraq. Thank yo...

Read more

The Gosselin Divorce

News image

Jon and Kate's Divorce is finalized. And I say Finally! I'm tired of hearing the big D word - over and ...

Read more

Mike Huckabee - a real joke!

News image

Mike Huckabee believes that all AIDS patients should be isolated - removed from society.Here's a man that considers that being ...

Read more