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George W. Bush slammed other politicians during presidency, ex-speechwriter Matt Latimer writes
Ny Daily News ^ | 9/15/2009 | Laura Schreffler

Posted on 09/15/2009 5:39:59 AM PDT by Saije

Is there a politician George W. Bush ever liked? Not according to former Dubya speech writer Matt Latimer. In his forthcoming memoir, "Speech Less: Tales of a White House Survivor," Latimer says the former Prez dissed pretty much everyone in Washington - including Barack Obama.

"He came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming," Latimer writes. "'This is a dangerous world,'" he said for no apparent reason, "and this cat [Obama] isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you."

GQ's October issue has a sneak peek at the book - out Sept. 22 - which is being touted as a "Devil Wears Prada" for the White House. In the excerpt, Latimer dishes on the other politicos Dubya has privately mocked.

"If bull- was currency," he said, "Joe Biden would be a billionaire." Of the GOP's Sarah Palin, he cracked, "I'm trying to remember if I've met her before. What is she, the governor of Guam?"

And although he may have detested her, Bush always believed Hillary Clinton would be a Democratic political contender. Groused the former Prez, "Wait till her fat keister is sitting at this desk."

A rep for Bush said, "No comment."

(Excerpt) Read more at nydailynews.com ...


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Just another guy trying to sell a book.
1 posted on 09/15/2009 5:40:00 AM PDT by Saije
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To: Saije
"He came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming," Latimer writes. "'This is a dangerous world,'" he said for no apparent reason, "and this cat [Obama] isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you."

I criticize Bush on some things, but he nailed that one.

2 posted on 09/15/2009 5:41:49 AM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: thecabal

Yahtzee!!!


3 posted on 09/15/2009 5:42:24 AM PDT by Senator Goldwater
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To: Saije

Such courage on his part, to go after a political figure that is as adored by the media as GWB.


4 posted on 09/15/2009 5:44:06 AM PDT by oblomov (I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side. - Saul Bellow)
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To: Saije

“and this cat [Obama] isn’t remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you.”

True statement, so what’s wrong with that?

Oh yeah, it’s racist.


5 posted on 09/15/2009 5:45:02 AM PDT by Heart of Georgia
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To: Saije
Is there a politician George W. Bush ever liked? Not according to former Dubya speech writer Matt Latimer.

Sounds like a good thing, to me.

6 posted on 09/15/2009 5:45:14 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: Saije
"If bull- was currency," he said, "Joe Biden would be a billionaire."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

7 posted on 09/15/2009 5:45:50 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Saije

Doesn’t sound as much ‘dissing’ as offering an honest appraisal.


8 posted on 09/15/2009 5:47:51 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: TLI

bttt lol


9 posted on 09/15/2009 5:47:55 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Saije

This is the W I loved. Where did it go the last 4 years?


10 posted on 09/15/2009 5:49:56 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: Saije

Good! We can all like Bush a little better now. I doubt the wormy author is very honest in his representation of Bush’s comments on Sarah.


11 posted on 09/15/2009 5:50:53 AM PDT by GulfBreeze (Palin 2012 - For The Change You Wanted!!!)
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To: Saije

At least GWB never declared official two minute hate sessions for his political enemies like Obama’s White House does.


12 posted on 09/15/2009 5:51:49 AM PDT by Unam Sanctam
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To: Saije
Exactly.

'This is a dangerous world,'" he said for no apparent reason, "and this cat [Obama] isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you."

Too bad he didn't say that, but if he did he was right.

13 posted on 09/15/2009 5:52:57 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Saije

I cannot picture in my mind President Bush ever using the term “cat”! This is BS.


14 posted on 09/15/2009 5:53:04 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: Saije

Well, it ain’t like someone is going to produce a tape of Bush not saying these things. So you tell what will sell. .


15 posted on 09/15/2009 5:53:19 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Saije
George W. Bush slammed other politicians during presidency, ex-speechwriter Matt Latimer writes

Yeah? Did he do it while overseas like Carter, Clinton & Obama did for ALL the world to see & hear, hmmm?

16 posted on 09/15/2009 5:53:49 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: thecabal

I think I like Bush a lot moree today.


17 posted on 09/15/2009 5:56:48 AM PDT by jimfree (Freep and ye shall find! - I am Joe Wilson.)
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To: Saije
Is there a politician George W. Bush ever liked?

What about Dick Cheney?

18 posted on 09/15/2009 6:01:42 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

I cannot picture in my mind President Bush ever using the term “cat”! This is BS.

I had the same reaction. Just doesn't ring true.

19 posted on 09/15/2009 6:08:14 AM PDT by norge (The amiable dunce is back, wearing a skirt and high heels.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

adore him and miss him so much.


20 posted on 09/15/2009 6:08:59 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Saije

Right, because a book about what a stand up guy George Bush was would sell a gazillion copies!


21 posted on 09/15/2009 6:09:30 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Saije

Does anyone care?


22 posted on 09/15/2009 6:09:47 AM PDT by ShandaLear (Cronyism, Protectionism, Socialism, Obamunism)
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To: Saije
Anyone who has ever met privately with GW knows his Texas straight talk -— very direct and blunt!

I don't think he would refer to Hitlery’s “fat keister”!

Fat A$$ —— more likely from GW!

23 posted on 09/15/2009 6:10:41 AM PDT by TRY ONE (NUKE the unborn gay whales!)
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To: Saije

:”Wait till her fat keister is sitting at this desk.”:

Re Hillary, ROFL.


24 posted on 09/15/2009 6:11:25 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
"ever using the term “cat”"

Quite the common term used by stereotypical beatniks in the 50s. W could have easily absorbed it as a kid. Not difficult to believe at all.

25 posted on 09/15/2009 6:14:13 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: thecabal

Indeed! That’s not a slam, it is an accurate assessment.


26 posted on 09/15/2009 6:14:51 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Saije

This guy forgot that libtards don’t read....bestsellers are usually written by conservatives. That said....so the hell what! I wish GWB had spoken his mind in public, seems like he got most of them right. Biden is a bull****er. Bush is out of office, nothing of significance to read about, same-old-same-old. Bush is Hitler...blahblahblah.

I am going to now read up on crazy cat behaviors.


27 posted on 09/15/2009 6:23:25 AM PDT by jp3 (BABIES, GUNS & JESUS...HOT DAMN!!)
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To: thecabal

Based on his comments about Hillary, Biden, and Obama, I’d have to say President Bush was a good judge of character.

I don’t appreciate his comments about Sarah Palin, though.


28 posted on 09/15/2009 6:25:33 AM PDT by Little Ray (Obama is a kamikaze president aimed at the heart of this Republic.)
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To: Paladin2

I had no clue that President Bush was a “stereotypical beatnik” back in the day or now!


29 posted on 09/15/2009 6:26:22 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: thecabal
"If bull- was currency," he said, "Joe Biden would be a billionaire."

And that one too.

30 posted on 09/15/2009 6:27:45 AM PDT by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
W could have easily absorbed it as a kid
31 posted on 09/15/2009 6:28:01 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
using the term “cat"

Yep....the only living person that still uses that term is Dennis Miller; and I think he only says it because O'Reilly "digs it"...groovy

32 posted on 09/15/2009 6:30:18 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: Saije
Dubya speech writer Matt Latimer

A speech writer for George W Bush. And people say there is no purgatory!

33 posted on 09/15/2009 6:30:53 AM PDT by trad_anglican
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To: Saije
Sarah Palin, he cracked, "I'm trying to remember if I've met her before. What is she, the governor of Guam?"

Love you W, but Sarah Palin didn't deserve that one. She may not be ready to sit on that chair yet, but she is out there fighting the fight you are too gracious to fight. I think she deserves more respect then that.

34 posted on 09/15/2009 6:35:01 AM PDT by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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To: GOP Poet

I am willing to bet he did say that.


35 posted on 09/15/2009 6:37:24 AM PDT by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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To: Saije
He certainly liked two former politicians--Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush. As to the politicians in office during his Presidency, maybe he wasn't far wrong to like none of them.

The difference between Bush and Obama is that Bush kept his negative views to himself whereas Obama can't make a speech without making nasty comments about Republicans in general or President Bush in particular. (It's possible that he didn't do so in his 9/11 speech, which I didn't listen to, but if so it was a first.)

36 posted on 09/15/2009 6:46:20 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Saije
This incident from the book, from Byron York at the conservative Washington Examiner, is far more troubling, since York thinks it is plausible:

Bush was preparing to give a speech to the annual meeting of the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. The conference is the event of the year for conservative activists; Republican politicians are required to appear and offer their praise of the conservative movement.

Latimer got the assignment to write Bush's speech. Draft in hand, he and a few other writers met with the president in the Oval Office. Bush was decidedly unenthusiastic.

"What is this movement you keep talking about in the speech?" the president asked Latimer.

Latimer explained that he meant the conservative movement -- the movement that gave rise to groups like CPAC.

Bush seemed perplexed. Latimer elaborated a bit more. Then Bush leaned forward, with a point to make.

"Let me tell you something," the president said. "I whupped Gary Bauer's ass in 2000. So take out all this movement stuff. There is no movement."

Bush seemed to equate the conservative movement -- the astonishing growth of conservative political strength that took place in the decades after Barry Goldwater's disastrous defeat in 1964 -- with the fortunes of Bauer, the evangelical Christian activist and former head of the Family Research Council whose 2000 presidential campaign went nowhere.

Now it was Latimer who looked perplexed. Bush tried to explain.

"Look, I know this probably sounds arrogant to say," the president said, "but I redefined the Republican Party."

Source


37 posted on 09/15/2009 6:51:52 AM PDT by browardchad
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To: Saije

Too bad he never showed this anger in public. Perhaps he could have fought back once or twice against his opponnents. One last thing, don’t mess with my gal Sarah Dubya. She’s got far better ideas than you have!!!


38 posted on 09/15/2009 6:52:41 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Saije
"He came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming," Latimer writes. "'This is a dangerous world,'" he said for no apparent reason, "and this cat [Obama] isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you."

Bush speaks the truth.

39 posted on 09/15/2009 6:54:43 AM PDT by bmwcyle (We need more Joe Wilson's.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Where did I say that W was a beatnik of any type?

Did you grow up in the US during the 50's? Listen to George Carlin much? Recognize that W does have many idiosyncratic verbalisms?

40 posted on 09/15/2009 6:56:44 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: browardchad
"Look, I know this probably sounds arrogant to say," the president said, "but I redefined the Republican Party."

Yeah, sure did.

Now look at it.

41 posted on 09/15/2009 6:59:26 AM PDT by paulycy (Screw the RACErs.)
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To: browardchad

“This incident from the book, from Byron York at the conservative Washington Examiner, is far more troubling, since York thinks it is plausible

Probably deserves its own thread.”


42 posted on 09/15/2009 6:59:28 AM PDT by Saije
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To: nhwingut

The last 4 year of Bushie’s “presidency” WAS the REAL George W. Bush. The first 4 was a sham to fool us and get re-elected.


43 posted on 09/15/2009 7:00:33 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Little Ray

Well, at least he didn’t say anything bad about her, just that she was unknown.

Since we have no idea WHEN he is purported to have said these things, it would well be that, the first time someone mentioned Sarah Palin, he might well have joked about her being an unknown, and this might be how he would joke about it.

I wouldn’t be surprised if all of these “quotes” are in fact inaccurate recollections of things Bush actually said about people. Remember there wouldn’t be a recording, so the guy would be remembering what was said, and so the actual words might not be right, just the sentiments.

The sentiments are: Obama is clueless, Biden speaks but says nothing, Palin is unknown, and Hillary has a large behind and a drive for politics.

None of those things seems that controversal.

Since this is another of Bush’s speechwriters, it once again shows that Bush was REALLY BAD at judging the character of other people — he just had too good a heart, and believed in the best of everybody.

Because this speechwriter reveals his lack of character, and his lack of sense to, in his comment about “for no apparent reason” when wondering why Bush would say that Obama was clueless.

My guess is The quote is from after Bush had to give Obama some sort of briefing about something, and Bush had tried patiently, like a father might to a son, to explain to Obama why it was important to be strong in the world, and Obama dismissed him with the “I won, and we need to change direction”.

Thus, Bush would say Obama was clueless, the world was dangerous, and we were all screwed.


44 posted on 09/15/2009 7:27:11 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: quesera

If he DID say that, we have no idea WHEN he said it, it could be the day she was picked to be VP, or maybe even before she was picked to be VP, in which case he might have just been saying he didn’t know who she was.


45 posted on 09/15/2009 7:28:23 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: quesera

Don’t be too sensitive. It was a funny remark upon hearing about her. That’s different than what he may say today, now that she has national recognition.


46 posted on 09/15/2009 7:33:48 AM PDT by nufsed (Release the birth certificate, passport, and school records.)
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To: nufsed; CharlesWayneCT

Right on both counts so maybe I was a bit too harsh, my bad!


47 posted on 09/15/2009 7:53:36 AM PDT by quesera (We are so screwed!!)
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To: quesera; nufsed; CharlesWayneCT

Governor Palin did have national recognition among insiders, hard to believe that W. would not have known what I knew about a female republican dynamo that was firmly in place as the most popular Governor in America already.

I would be surprised if a Governor Bush did not keep up with Governors, especially emerging Governor leaders of his own party as President.


48 posted on 09/15/2009 10:57:44 AM PDT by ansel12
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To: ansel12

IN looking at the 2nd-hand description of what Bush “said”, I don’t think it shows Bush didn’t know her — it sounds like he did know her, and had met her. He joked about her obscurity, but she was obscure except to those who are insiders.

Even here at FR, many of us (me personally included) didn’t know much about Palin when she was chosen, and had to scramble to learn about her.

On the other hand, Bush, being the leader of the free world in the midst of a financial crisis and still fighting a war both in Iraq and with the Democrats, may not have had the time to spend learning all about Palin before she had been picked.

And since she lived in Alaska, it was less likely he would have had much chance to meet with her, because of the logistics of travel. And she had only been Governor for 2 years, so she was still somewhat of a newcomer — we could hardly blame Bush for not knowing her as Mayor.

Anyway, his comments about the first 5 days of her introduction to America being critical seem spot on, given what actually happened.


49 posted on 09/15/2009 12:12:01 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT
Anyway, his comments about the first 5 days of her introduction to America being critical seem spot on, given what actually happened.

Bush was wrong if he actually ever said that and it appears that he didn't, regardless of you latching on to the claim and using it.

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50 posted on 09/15/2009 12:46:23 PM PDT by ansel12
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