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Dubya and Me
The American Scholar ^ | Autumn 2011 | Walt Harrington

Posted on 09/15/2011 2:56:54 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

They still called him Junior when we first met, in forlorn Midland, Texas, back in July 1986. He was known then for being the son of the vice president of the United States, the agonizingly named George Herbert Walker Bush. As a young staff writer at The Washington Post Magazine, I was trying to persuade Vice President Bush to let me spend several months with him for an in-depth profile I intended to write. But the veep was skeptical, and he left it up to Junior to pass judgment on me and my request.

“Come on down and visit,” the man who would eventually be known to the world as President George W. Bush drawled cheerfully to me over the phone. “But I won’t tell you any good stuff until I’m sure you’re not going to do an ax job.”

So began a long and fascinating acquaintanceship with the man who would become one of the most admired and, later, reviled presidents in U. S. history. Over the next 25 years, our paths crossed again and again, most recently in his Dallas office last April. I had just read Bush’s 2010 memoir Decision Points, and I was struck by his many references to history. In the back of my mind was an article that Karl Rove had written for The Wall Street Journal in 2008, which revealed (much to the consternation of the president’s derisive critics) that Bush had read 186 books for pleasure in the preceding three years, consisting mostly of serious historical nonfiction. Intrigued, I asked Bush whether he would talk to me about how his passion for reading history had shaped his presidency and perspective, and he agreed.

When I sat down to write about that meeting, however, a different story emerged...

(Excerpt) Read more at theamericanscholar.org ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: dubya; interview; memoir
Over the course of a quarter-century, a journalist witnessed the transformation of George W. Bush.


1 posted on 09/15/2011 2:57:00 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Fascinating memoir. Go to the link and read the whole thing. You won’t be sorry.


2 posted on 09/15/2011 2:58:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

mrkd


3 posted on 09/15/2011 3:01:36 PM PDT by KarenMarie (NEVER believe anything coming out of DC until it's been denied.)
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To: Deb

Fascinating indeed. I think you’ll like this.


4 posted on 09/15/2011 3:08:47 PM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Uh oh! Walt Harrington is going to be unceremoniously excommunicated by Phi Beta Kappa for this article!
5 posted on 09/15/2011 3:34:06 PM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Great memoir. There will never be one like this written about Obama.
6 posted on 09/15/2011 3:34:06 PM PDT by LOC1 (Let's pick the best, not settle for a compromise.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

bttt


7 posted on 09/15/2011 3:36:26 PM PDT by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for a great read.

I copied this sentence right away - and it was also referred to in the first comment:

“It baffles me that grown people must convince themselves that those with whom they disagree are stupid or malevolent.”

We should remember this when discussing the GOP candidates (and forget it in the General;)


8 posted on 09/15/2011 3:38:51 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Despair: Man's surrender. Laughter: God's redemption.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Excellent, thanks for the post.


9 posted on 09/15/2011 3:42:26 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I loved this and am so glad I got to read it..This man could be called a true friend to our president he is so kind..I for one have always loved and trusted George W.Bush he is my favorite..I could sleep so good at night knowing he was in charge..I love you and Laura,Mr President..God Bless and keep you...


10 posted on 09/15/2011 3:47:15 PM PDT by PLD
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A great read, though long. I read half now and will finish later.


11 posted on 09/15/2011 4:02:40 PM PDT by Freee-dame
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for posting this, I was going to do that but I was too lazy!


12 posted on 09/15/2011 4:09:28 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: afraidfortherepublic

VERY GOOD READ!


13 posted on 09/15/2011 4:12:40 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A great read....and totally believable.


14 posted on 09/15/2011 4:22:49 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiGYDvc4lU

This an American, my fellow FReepers.

15 posted on 09/15/2011 4:25:14 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks a bunch ....required reading for BDS sufferers


16 posted on 09/15/2011 4:48:15 PM PDT by woofie
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To: LOC1

Obama is only where he is at because he is a “writer”
I do not think he wrote his books and he seems nothing like a writer to me ....and if he is a writer what is he reading?


17 posted on 09/15/2011 4:52:36 PM PDT by woofie
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To: afraidfortherepublic; Just A Nobody; DrDeb; ohioWfan

Thanks for letting us know about this excellent article. Well worth clicking through to read the whole thing.


18 posted on 09/15/2011 5:25:05 PM PDT by kristinn (Lowering the IQ on FR since Jul 31, 1998)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Thanks for the link. Great read.


19 posted on 09/15/2011 5:27:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Fantastic read - all of it. Thanks for posting this.


20 posted on 09/15/2011 5:30:13 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (You know, 99.99999965% of the lawyers give all of them a bad name)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Wow. Incredible memoir. Thanks for posting.

A definite MUST read.


21 posted on 09/15/2011 5:43:29 PM PDT by Texas Deb
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To: afraidfortherepublic

““Tell those kids in your class not to give up on POTUS,” he wrote, using the popular acronym for president of the United States. “Tell them life for a president is not easy, yet I have never heard #43 whine about the loneliest job on earth, never seen him pose gazing out into the future to depict how tough his job is.”

hmmmmmmm...


22 posted on 09/15/2011 5:48:31 PM PDT by stefanbatory (Insert witty tagline here)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

A wonderful read. The kind you hope will never end. Thank you.


23 posted on 09/15/2011 6:40:23 PM PDT by RGSpincich
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To: afraidfortherepublic

ping-a-ling for the weekend


24 posted on 09/15/2011 6:43:05 PM PDT by gloryblaze (Don't forget to donate and keep FR going strong!)
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To: kalee

For later reading.


25 posted on 09/15/2011 6:44:12 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Great read. Thank you for posting it!
26 posted on 09/15/2011 6:49:52 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: afraidfortherepublic

This article was amazing. I read it in bits and pieces all day, but in it’s entirety it is excellent. I gained more respect for W having read it. One thing is for sure: he’s smart, well read, and a damn good statesman, with real awareness of history and the American presidency.

Obama couldn’t light a candle to him.


27 posted on 09/15/2011 7:45:04 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Osage Orange
thanks for reminding me of this video - I love this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TiGYDvc4lU

the contrast to what we have in the WH now is as stark as it gets

28 posted on 09/15/2011 8:17:37 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (ALWAYS WATCH THE OTHER HAND)
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To: kristinn

During the 2004 campaign I was asked by someone on FR to moderate a Bush forum in Yahoo groups. I had to choose a new screen name and, off the top of my head, I chose W4freedom. How’s that for prescience?

I loved this article, but I cannot fathom how someone who can write so admiringly about W could vote against him. Boggles my mind!


29 posted on 09/16/2011 1:51:44 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Servant of the Cross

Thanks for the ping, though I’m a tad late picking up my pings.


30 posted on 09/16/2011 1:54:08 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: maine-iac7
You are welcome....

It is quite the contrast, for sure!!

31 posted on 09/18/2011 8:14:01 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I did..I wasn’t..Wonderful read..God Bless Dubya


32 posted on 09/18/2011 9:01:06 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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