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Bush's Book

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

James Gordon Meek, correspondent for the New York Daily News Washington bureau, and Anne Kornblut, national politics reporter for The Washington Post, discuss President Bush's new memoir, Decision Points.

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Anne Kornblut and James Gordon Meek
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Comments [30]

just wondering from nyc

If Bush really doesn't care about his popularity numbers in polls like he says, why does he care what a single person says about him? If it had been a poll question asking 'Does George Bush care about black people?' and the No percentage was much higher than the Yes, would he care?

Nov. 09 2010 01:41 PM
Sandra from Astoria

Oh wait, make that 5 things:

5) the theft of the 2000 election that got him there in the first place (how quickly we forget)

Nov. 09 2010 12:02 PM
Sandra from Astoria

I agree completely with Jack my fellow Astorian. Bush's presidency can be summed up with 4 things:

1) 9/11 happened under his watch

2) started an illegal, costly war in Iraq

3) didn't respond to Hurricane Katrina

4) oversaw the beginning of the economic collapse

I guess people think that 8 years of this shoulda been solved in 2 years by Obama, but because he hasn't, it's time to give the same Republican bums that started this whole mess another chance. What a populace.

Nov. 09 2010 11:55 AM
amalgam from Manhattan by day, NJ by night

Again, Hugh Sansom is on point: In the U.S., during the act of breaking a law, ignorance does not exempt that person from legal repercussions.

Nov. 09 2010 10:33 AM
PK from NY

Please answer the following survey.
Is water boarding torture?
Is torture ok?
Is Bush a criminal?

Nov. 09 2010 10:33 AM
Jack Macco from Astoria

W. writes a book? He's burned up about comments made by Kanye! Thank God W. as President is behind us! Eight years too long over policy failure after failure.
Citizens in the U.S. today are up in arms over the course of our country! And have they so easily forgotten how we got here and who is ultimately responsible?

Economy in ruins, millions without jobs, homes and healthcare. Bin Laden never caught, terrorist acts increased worldwide,
oil prices skyrocketed, direct violation of Geneva accords, international laws broken, billionaires bailed out and still have their jobs, the list of destruction to this country and this world goes on & on. He's the worst President we've ever had.
Poor Obama can't get a break for attempting to fix an eight year disaster in two years. Rome wasn't rebuilt in a day!
W. is great comedy whenever he opens his mouth. When he bum rushed his way into the White House is exactly the day our great nation went in the wrong direction and collectively we're all to blame. Heaven help us get back on track.

Nov. 09 2010 10:32 AM
The Truth from Becky

Who wrote this book for him? would not spend one red nickel on it.

Nov. 09 2010 10:31 AM
Hmmmmmmm

War criminals should not be given these platforms. Shame on the networks that interview him. Best thing to do is to set up an interview with him in the Hague and slap on the cuffs.

Nov. 09 2010 10:30 AM
Amy from Manhattan

So he knew what was better for the American people than they did themselves, but the American people knew better about what to do w/their money than the gov't. did? Sounds like he made an exception for himself.

Nov. 09 2010 10:29 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Refusing to change a wrong decision doesn't show strength. It shows rigidity. Too many right-wingers (& some left-wingers) in political life don't know the difference.

Nov. 09 2010 10:25 AM
Ken from Little Neck

These clips only serve to reenforce what I thought about Bush while he was in office. The man displays virtually zero capacity for intelligent thought or reflection, and is/was completely unqualified to be the most powerful man in the world. Say what you will about Obama, but at least he has the capacity for rational thought and can make and defend his own decisions, and admit when he makes mistakes.

Nov. 09 2010 10:23 AM

Bush has the emotional responses of an 11-year old. He was 'blindsided' by everything: 9/11 (even though he had that PDB) blindsided by the Abu Graib photos (anyone believe that) and 'blindsided' by the financial collaspe (he couldn't be bothered - his bags were packed and he couldn't wait to get out of the White House). I'd like to see the US react to his book the way the Brits reacted to Blair's. But we won't.

Nov. 09 2010 10:22 AM
dboy from nyc

Still disconnected, clueless and full of ignorant hubris.

Nov. 09 2010 10:22 AM
mythicstreets3000 from NYC

Bush is far luckier than he seems to understand. In his book he says he regrets not being able to privatize social security in 2005, when if his plan had been approved the collapse of wall street in 2007 would have probably been far far worse.

Nov. 09 2010 10:21 AM
Hugh Sansom

Wow! How quickly journalists and politicians annihilate the truth.

In American law, IGNORANCE of the law is NO DEFENSE.

That's a straightforward fact of law. But WNYC, NPR, The New York Times, CNN just don't care what the law is. The president and American elite are exempt.

Pathetic, disgusting.

Nov. 09 2010 10:21 AM
carolita from NYC

Please. It's too soon to hear that voice again. Too early in the day, and too soon after the end of his disgusting, shameful term. He should have had the grace to keep quiet for at least the next ten years. But grace isn't something he knows anything about, I guess. I'm tuning out till it's over.

Nov. 09 2010 10:20 AM
Charles T from Harlem

I strongly disagree with Mr. Meek; he seems to be naive when it comes to understanding racism in the US! Liking black people as individuals is NOT proof that anyone will like black people as a whole.

The history of white privilege means that there are always individual exceptions to the lower status of black people as a social group. "S/he is not like the rest of them" is a common refrain from those who enjoy or aspire to the benefits of white privilege, and wish to bestow such privileges to individuals "who happen to be black."

Nov. 09 2010 10:19 AM
hmmmm

Why doesn't someone ask the question we all want to know? What color crayon did he use to write the book?

Nov. 09 2010 10:18 AM
Lise S. from NYC

For the record, today is a publishing milestone of sorts. November 9th happens to be the day that both George Bush's memoir and the latest installment, number 7, of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" come out. Kismet?

Nov. 09 2010 10:16 AM
owen

I see it more as he doesn't care much about poor people. In New Orleans black people have a tendency to be poor - ergo schmergo - that's what happened.

Nov. 09 2010 10:16 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Dubya is still a self-serving, non-critical thinking dumb*sss, in my opinion.

In my view, he has worked himself into self-approving corner. Which given our need to preserve ego is understandable but I can still regret the viewpoint it springs from.

In case, anyone in the Obama Administration is reading - at least 20 million of the 40 million votes that didn't show up on Nov 2 belong to committed progressives that felt you have under-pursued the misdeeds of the Bush Administration. You would have lost a little more of the middle - 1 in 6 or 1 in 5 instead of 1 in 7 but you'd have gained a lot of the left.

Can anyone doubt that Obama would be impeached if he did any of the following:
-Wiretapped Americans without authority
-Started a war where the cause was unclear
-Out a CIA cover operation
-Fail to get relief into an American city withing 72 hours of the disaster
-Make jokes about the search for WMD

Nov. 09 2010 10:16 AM
bernie from bklyn

first thing- i have no idea why anyone gives any credence to naything kanye west says. how is he an wuthority on anything besides deeming himself some sort of "artist" which he is not. he's another talentless blowhard that the media pays much attention.
BUT more importantly- it's so disturbing that bush, cheney, rumsfeld, wolfowitz have not been investigated and indicted for the highest crime you can commit....leading thousands of our young people to their deaths for knowingly false reasons. these men should be in prison right now. why is this never mentioned in the media? they committed crimes, they should be arrested and prosecuted.
all those soldiers died for NO REASON. don't hand me the "keeping us safe at home" bullsh*!, please.

Nov. 09 2010 10:15 AM
Mike from Tribeca

How telling that for Bush the "worst moment" of his presidency was brought about by an African-American simply stating their opinion. Where's Sigmund Freud when you need him?

Nov. 09 2010 10:14 AM
John from office

Mr. West unfortunatly is indicative of the quality of black political thought. Childish and impulsive.

Nov. 09 2010 10:14 AM
The Truth from Becky

Actions "always" speak louder than words. I know hundreds of people from New Orleans who would disagree with bush's feigned anger over being called a racist. I am almost certain the first time he was called a racist was not from Kanye.

Nov. 09 2010 10:12 AM
John from office

The tone of this segment is light and Jovial. Radio is a great medium, I can see the smile on Brian's face, Ha Ha Bush is an Idiot, lets all point and laugh.

Nov. 09 2010 10:11 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn

Kanye West was right about Bush.

The worst moment of Bush's presidency _should_ have been when he was impeached, tried, and convicted.

The worst moment for him post-presidency _should_ have been when he was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

At least we still have some remote hope for the second, even if not from his successor war criminal Barack Obama (continuing attacks on civilians, continuing torture, and furthering attacks on civil liberties).

Nov. 09 2010 10:11 AM
The Truth from Becky

Ridiculous to bring up the Kanye incident again. Free publicitiy for Kanye!

Nov. 09 2010 10:10 AM
John from Office

Brian, even before the segment you signal your intent to belittle Mr. Bush. That is unfair.
He was the president, he made decisions that defended America, while you only act as a critic. How safe would we be under your watch?
Call him what you want, history will be kind to Mr. Bush. How would you defend America. The tone in your voice tells it all.

Nov. 09 2010 10:06 AM
Bobby G from East Village

Wah, wah, wah. Wasn't Kanye West referring to what was going on at the Superdome? Haven't a bunch of idiots called President Obama a Nazi?

Nov. 09 2010 10:05 AM

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