Excerpts From "Dead Certain", a New Book on Bush

(2002 White House Photo)

The New York Times presents some excerpts from "Dead Certain", a new book on President Bush that hits the stands Tuesday. Author Robert Draper (grandson of Leon Jaworski) got Bush to cooperate with his effort and had several long interviews with him.

On his plans after the White House:

“I’ll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol’ coffers.”

....“We’ll have a nice place in Dallas,” where he will be running what he called “a fantastic Freedom Institute” promoting democracy around the world.

On Iraq:

“I’m playing for October-November.” That is when he hopes the Iraq troop increase will finally show enough results to help him achieve the central goal of his remaining time in office: “To get us in a position where the presidential candidates will be comfortable about sustaining a presence,” and, he said later, “stay longer.”

The Washington Post, in its article about the book, reports that it was (now)Chief Justice John Roberts who suggested Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court. Rove was opposed but nobody listened to him, and Harriet didn't want the job but Bush and the first lady talked her into it. [Update: A later version of the WaPo article includes a dennial from Roberts that he recommended Miers to Bush.

On getting rid of Rumsfeld:

During a private dinner at the White House to discuss how to buoy Bush's presidency, seven voted to dump Rumsfeld, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, incoming chief of staff Joshua B. Bolten, the outgoing chief, Andrew Card, and Ed Gillespie, then an outside adviser and now White House counselor. Bush raised his hand along with three others who wanted Rumsfeld to stay, including Rove and national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley.

The book has some gossipy infighting details about Rove, Card, Bartlett and Bolton.

Rove also opposed Cheney for the VP slot:

Rove told Bush it was a bad idea to select Cheney as his vice president: "Selecting Daddy's top foreign-policy guru ran counter to message. It was worse than a safe pick -- it was needy." But Bush did not care -- he was comfortable with Cheney and "saw no harm in giving his VP unprecedented run of the place."

About Rove, Bush and Valerie Plame:

Rove assured Bush, Draper reports, that he had known nothing about Valerie Plame, a CIA operative whose covert status was revealed by administration officials to reporters after Plame's husband criticized the administration's case for war in Iraq. "When Bush learned otherwise," he said, "he hit the roof."

Two more quick hits: Bush has no lofty aspirations to help the world after his term is done:

He told Draper he could see himself shuttling between Dallas and Crawford. Noting that he ran into former president Bill Clinton at the United Nations last year, Bush added, "Six years from now, you're not going to see me hanging out in the lobby of the U.N."

And the last line of the NY Times article on the book:

“Sixty-two is really young,” Mr. Bush said, “and yet I’ll be through with my presidency.”

Thank goodness. Not a moment too soon.

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    This part is scary: (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 10:22:03 PM EST
    ...."We'll have a nice place in Dallas," where he will be running what he called "a fantastic Freedom Institute" promoting democracy around the world.

    But he's done so much (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by TomStewart on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 01:21:12 AM EST
    ...for democracy already! If it wasn't for him, we wouldn't have the great democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan! And now we're bringing Bush style democracy to Iran!

    Wait, maybe he's planning to 'bring democracy' himself! He'll parachute into foreign countries, uzi and oil company money in his pockets, ready to hand out to whatever puppet he gets to front the new government he installs after taking over capitol with his bare, manly hands.

    Or maybe he'll spend time giving speeches about how the Democrats blew his beautiful foreign policy, while right wing think tanks place editorials trying to change his image.

    I'm hoping he'll fade away, old and embittered, a small man growing ever smaller in the eyes of the world, until he's a distant memory, a boogie man used by parent to frighten children. "Go to sleep now, or George Bush will invade your dreams on false pretenses."


    Just think of all those Iraqis (none / 0) (#2)
    by Edger on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 10:40:15 PM EST
    who'll be giving glowing references....

    MT is going to explode when she sees (none / 0) (#3)
    by oculus on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 10:56:39 PM EST
    "I'm playing for. . . ."

    Not enough coffee to explode this morn (none / 0) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 08:14:22 AM EST
    darn it.  Not even a cup down yet.  We were going to attempt the beach today but it's pouring out, bummer ;(  I can envision in my mind how he looked saying it too, what the the laugh lines around his mouth looked like after he nailed it.  Funny how it holds exactly the same water that "There could be a 75% decrease in sectarian killings from the winter time" does.  Same measuring cup, same nonexpert use of the English language done by the experts.

    I caught this opening to yahoo (none / 0) (#11)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 08:28:41 AM EST
    about the Prez's secret visit dujour to Iraq landing at Al Asad.


    The president secretly flew 11 hours to this air base in a remote part of Anbar province, bypassing Baghdad in a symbolic expression of impatience with political paralysis in the nation's capital. The gesture underscored the U.S. belief that the spark for progress may come at the local level.

    We haven't heard anything from Baghdad yet, they're just too crushed to take questions right now.


    "A symbolic gesture of (none / 0) (#14)
    by oculus on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 01:57:55 PM EST

    I would advise against this (5.00 / 1) (#7)
    by Al on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 02:35:24 AM EST
    "I'll give some speeches, just to replenish the ol' coffers." This is a bad idea. The world of stand-up comedy can be ruthless. I think he should just concentrate on activities closer to his skill level, but still demanding enough to provide a challenge, like learning to ride a Segway.

    I think there was a time (none / 0) (#10)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 08:17:46 AM EST
    when I would have agreed, this guy is impervious to large crowds that think he $uck$ though.  The only deterrent for him may be the lack of decent pay.

    I'll just wait for the book about him titled... (none / 0) (#4)
    by garyb50 on Sun Sep 02, 2007 at 11:36:17 PM EST
    'Dead Cretin'

    This family wants to know (none / 0) (#12)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 08:44:13 AM EST
    when he's gonna replenish the ol' nations coffers?

    A profound lack of intellectual ability... (none / 0) (#13)
    by Dadler on Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 11:05:36 AM EST
    ...mixed with, and partially generated by, the insidious mental retardation of a silver-spoon upbringing, and the segregated existence it produces: this is the core of Bush's psyche.  Dumb and out of touch.  A good combo, no?  

    He is an inexcusable joke.

    Dead certain (none / 0) (#15)
    by amso4real on Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 06:52:01 AM EST
    It is bad when u r ignorant r worse when u r arrogant. George Bush is both ignorant r arrogant r unfortunately d leader of whole world. This is y d whole world has gone crazy since he was sworn in.