The new book written by George W. Bush, “Decision Points,” has had the political world abuzz for the past few days. In the book, the former president goes into detail about the many controversial issues surrounding his presidency. He also shares personal stories of his marriage, the economy and his mother’s miscarriage.
Bush very openly talks about areas where he failed and decisions that he still stands by today. In an interview on the Today Show, he expressed regret about telling Michael Brown, FEMA director at the time of Hurricane Katrina, “Brownie, you are doing a heck of a job” in front of cameras streaming to the world, thus creating tongue lashings from all around the country. The people felt abandoned by the President and viewed him as uncaring and out-of-touch with the victims as well as the situation.
In the middle of all this, Kanye West made a statement saying “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Bush shared that this was a “low point” in his presidency. Bush was painted as the picture of unsympathetic officialdom for the way he handled the disaster. Matt Lauer of the Today Show played the former president a clip of an apologetic West on Wednesday which seemed to relieve Bush. He was appreciative, and stated “I’m not a hater. I don’t hate Kanye West.” The great gesture has now turned into a storm as West now claims the interview with Lauer was “brutal.”
In speaking of the Iraq war, there seems to be a pang of guilt. The former president still believes that we should have gone to war with Iraq, but does not agree that he should have made a statement declaring victory in Iraq, which was clearly premature. There’s also some frustration in the fact that the U.S was never able to find any weapons of mass destruction.
Never one to care about the court of public opinion, the book was not written with any consequences or backlash in mind. The former president did not consider how the book would be looked upon or what his critics would say. He didn’t care about the opinion or firestorms that would flood the airwaves and the media’s response to his book. It seems that the ex-president just wanted to address the issues that he dealt with in a manner that he felt comfortable with, putting it all out on the table and letting his audience take from it what they will.
The former president appears to be at peace with himself and the decisions that he made as president that cannot be taken back. There is no dress-rehearsal in the presidency. He will be featured in a tribute to veterans on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in celebration of Veterans Day.
Bush has refused to weigh in on the ground zero mosque issue or speak ill of President Barack Obama. He is quick to agree with some of the current president’s decisions and his tenacity to stand up to both parties and do what’s best for the country. Bush also cites the President’s appeal to young voters and his brand of hope for the American people.
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