Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has recently published his memoirs, and what he has to say about former US Pres. George W. Bush for the most part comes as no surprise to Americans who watched the sometimes befuddled president ensnare the country into two wars. Blair describes Bush as someone who had “immense simplicity”, and also as someone who was very easy to be around as the former president even greeted Blair at an economic summit by yelling out ” Yo Blair!” Ten interesting facts about George W. Bush are listed below.
1. George Bush’s political simplicity also translated into his culinary tastes. While eating at a French restaurant with his wife, Laura Bush, he asked for something “American” like hotdogs or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches as he didn’t understand anything on the menu.
2. When he lived in the White House, W. was afraid to sleep in the Lincoln bedroom as he thought that Lincoln’s ghost would visit him in middle of the night. Despite being told by his wife that ghosts weren’t real, the president often responded, “then why are there so many books written about them?”
3. When he was first inaugurated and handed the keys to the White House, George Bush asked Cheney several times what exactly the role of the president was, and Cheney reportedly replied to Bush, “leave that to me.”
4. While George W. Bush is a recovering alcoholic, on the rare occasions that he would ingest the small amount of alcohol present in cough syrup he would reportedly believe that he was a cowboy living out on a ranch in the good old days of the old West. For this reason, Laura Bush had to make sure that he didn’t use any cough syrup while he was in the White House.
5. During a question-and-answer session at his ranch in Crawford Texas, a reporter asked him why the United States wasn’t investing in renewable energy sources. Then President Bush said that he thought that oil and natural gas were renewable energy sources and that they were produced by gigantic earthworms that lived miles beneath the crust of the earth.
6. After six months in office, President Bush was surprised to learn from Dick Cheney that there is a third branch of the federal government called the “Supreme Court.” He then asked Condoleezza Rice, “what’s so supreme about them?”
7. To help him understand international relations and political hotspots around the world Colin Powell, when he was George W. Bush’s Secretary of State, put a gigantic map in the White House’s library and put Post-it notes on a number of countries. The Post-it notes contained brief summaries of major countries that George W. Bush could understand, such as, Iran: Evildoers, may want a nuclear weapon, different from the country of Iraq.
8. For two years George W. Bush took Air Force One every other month up to his ranch in Crawford Texas. When he was asked by aides if he wouldn’t rather visit someplace else for a change, like somewhere in Europe, he replied by saying, “don’t they still have the black plague over in Europe?”
9. Reportedly George W. Bush was always extremely fascinated with the pneumatic tube system installed in the old executive office building next to the White House. On the weekends he would request to visit the mail room in the basement of the building so that he could watch the tube zipping around to their destinations. With childlike wonder he would ask ask Dick Cheney, “where did they go Uncle Dick?”
10. Though the concept of mutually assured destruction following a nuclear holocaust was explained to him several times, George Bush often asked Condoleezza Rice to explain it to him again as the concept of the whole world being blown up, ” just didn’t fit right in his mind.”
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