Monday, February 21, 2005

With friends like that, who needs Democrats?

Tired of his yearly Christmas card from the Whitehouse, a "friend" of George Bush has removed himself from the President's Christmas card list.
Feb. 21, 2005 — The friend of the Bush family who secretly recorded nine hours of conversations with George W. Bush says he never intended for the tapes to become public but felt he had a duty to accurately represent a man who he believed would one day become president.

Doug Wead, the author of the new book "The Raising of a President," surreptitiously recorded his conversations with Bush beginning in 1998, when Bush was governor of Texas and considering a run for president.

"I didn't do it for money. I could sell the tapes even now for tremendous amounts of money," Wead said in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America," adding, "I didn't do it to sell books." Wead said his publisher wanted him to release his book during the 2004 presidential campaign so it could benefit from sales to Bush supporters, but he refused. "My publicist told me at the time, 'That cost you a million dollars,'" Wead said.
Let's see. New book written by a nobody + secretly recorded tapes = something other than "trying to sell books?" My Crapometer has shifted into max overdrive. When someone says, "I'm not doing this to sell books," it means that they're trying to appear noble and dignified, after violating a boundary they know they shouldn't, in order to sell books.

And the bombshell uncovered in the tapes? George Bush is the same man in public as he is in private. I'm pleased to know he's not just playing a cowboy on TV.

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