Bush: “I Cry a Lot”

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There’s been a bunch of interesting stuff coming out of a new book on the Bush presidency by Robert Draper entitled “Dead Certain.” But Draper, a former writer for Texas Monthly, scored nothing more interesting than Bush’s claim that he cries a lot:

“I’ve got God’s shoulder to cry on, and I cry a lot. I’ll bet I’ve shed more tears than you can count as president.”

Characteristically tortured grammar aside… what? I’ve always assumed that Bush’s bumbling (in Iraq particularly, but elsewhere too) was borne out of an unthinking machismo that left no room for doubt or dissent. But if the president really is as reflective and contemplative as he claims (which I don’t buy) how to explain his errors? Maybe instead of being arrogant and inhumane, Bush is just incompetent?

Who knows. I don’t believe this crying claim any more than Karl Rove’s claim that Bush read 94 books last year.

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