Bush memoir includes some unexpected moments
Who would have thought former President George W. Bush would publicly admit that he had actually thought of dumping Dick Cheney as his veep?
But that’s just what he does in his memoir “Decision Points,” according to my colleague Steve Holland who obtained a copy of the book which is coming out next Tuesday.
And the worst moment of his presidency? When charges of racism were flung at him over Hurricane Katrina.
In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show, to be aired on Monday, Bush says he hit an “all-time low” after critics like rapper Kanye West said his handling of the disaster showed that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
That comment still rankles Bush. “I didn’t appreciate it then. I don’t appreciate it now,” he tells NBC.
“I resent it, it’s not true,” he said of the accusation of racism. “And it was one of the most disgusting moments in my presidency.”
There are also some lighter revelations, like when Bush writes of being surly while growing up. “I poured vodka in the fishbowl and killed my little sister Doro’s goldfish.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Ruymen (Kanye West at his first public performance after publicly criticizing Bush, Sept. 8, 2005)