George H.W. Bush has finally broken his silence on his son’s, George W.’s, top presidential aides, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield — and the elder Bush isn’t holding back.
In a new biography by Jon Meacham, Bush Sr. slams Cheney as an “iron a**” and “hawkish” in his response to the 9/11 attacks, and denounced Rumsfield as an “arrogant fellow…[who] served the president badly.”
Meanwhile, shorter Bush 41: my son is so stupid he listened to Cheney and Rumsfeld for years.— Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) November 5, 2015
While Bush asserted Cheney was a “good man,” he felt his former defense secretary had changed into a hard-liner, power-hungry to carve out his own empire.
But the elder Bush didn’t absolve his son of all faults during his presidency.
The 91-year-old criticized George W.’s famous 2002 State of the Union Address, in which the 43rd president referred to Iran, Iraq and North Korea as part of the “axis of evil.”
"You go back to the ‘axis of evil’ and these things and I think that might be historically proved to be not benefiting anything," he said.
Rumsfield fired back at Bush’s criticism on Thursday.
"Bush 41 is getting up in years and misjudges Bush 43, who I found made his own decisions,” Rumsfield said.
Shorter Rumsfeld: Don't listen to Bush 41 - he's old and senile. Rumsfeld is 83 years old. https://t.co/THtxEbIhnU— Harold Cook (@HCookAustin) November 5, 2015
Post-Bush 43, public consensus has leaned towards believing Cheney and Rumsfield were the evil masterminds behind the scenes brainwashing naïve George. W. And with Bush's recent remarks breathing life back into the issue, it is apt to find that a source close to America’s worst president confirms the underlying truth.
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