Monday, April 26, 2010

Do You Miss Him Yet?

If you do, watch out for November, when his book comes out.

In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor's Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America's most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century.

President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family.

A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history—and the man at the center of events.
It's dropping (as the kids say) Nov. 8, after Election Day. Considering how much of the Democrats victories in the last few elections are a direct consequence of Bush fatigue, this seems like a smart decision; but of course there are going to be the interviews and the excerpts and all that comes with a book release. It could hurt the Republicans in a big way, seriously.

The problem is, of course, that even in the absense of direct debate with the man, there are going to be pundits deifying him and trying to whitewash the things that Americans found so distasteful. Bush himself will be forced to either admit responsibility for the bank bailouts and the deficits and the Iraq war bungling or, more likely, insist that none of those things were bad and if they were, it was someone else's fault and the presidency is hard work. And if that happens, I think we keep the supermajority after all.

Well, it's early to say, and probably the ghostwriter is only half finished with the actual book anyway, so let's just put this on the back burner until after summer.

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