Skip to comments.George W. Bush slammed other politicians during presidency, ex-speechwriter Matt Latimer writes
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."
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I criticize Bush on some things, but he nailed that one.
Such courage on his part, to go after a political figure that is as adored by the media as GWB.
“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.
Sounds like a good thing, to me.
Doesn’t sound as much ‘dissing’ as offering an honest appraisal.
This is the W I loved. Where did it go the last 4 years?
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.
At least GWB never declared official two minute hate sessions for his political enemies like Obama’s White House does.
'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.
I cannot picture in my mind President Bush ever using the term “cat”! This is BS.
Well, it ain’t like someone is going to produce a tape of Bush not saying these things. So you tell what will sell. .
Yeah? Did he do it while overseas like Carter, Clinton & Obama did for ALL the world to see & hear, hmmm?
I think I like Bush a lot moree today.
What about Dick Cheney?
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.
adore him and miss him so much.
Right, because a book about what a stand up guy George Bush was would sell a gazillion copies!
Does anyone care?
I don't think he would refer to Hitlery’s “fat keister”!
Fat A$$ —— more likely from GW!
:”Wait till her fat keister is sitting at this desk.”:
Re Hillary, ROFL.
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.
Indeed! That’s not a slam, it is an accurate assessment.
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.
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.
I had no clue that President Bush was a “stereotypical beatnik” back in the day or now!
And that one too.
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
A speech writer for George W Bush. And people say there is no purgatory!
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.
I am willing to bet he did say that.
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.)
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."
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!!!
Bush speaks the truth.
Did you grow up in the US during the 50's? Listen to George Carlin much? Recognize that W does have many idiosyncratic verbalisms?
Yeah, sure did.
Now look at it.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Right on both counts so maybe I was a bit too harsh, my bad!
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.
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.
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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