My son isn't a loser, honest
Elder Bush takes on son's Arab critics
By JIM KRANE, Associated Press Writer Tue Nov 21, 2:23 PM ET
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Former President George H.W. Bush took on Arab critics of his son Tuesday during a testy exchange at a leadership conference in the capital of this U.S. ally.
"My son is an honest man," Bush told members of the audience harshly criticized the current U.S. leader's foreign policy.
"We do not respect your son. We do not respect what he's doing all over the world," a woman in the audience bluntly told Bush after his speech.
Bush, 82, appeared stunned as others in the audience whooped and whistled in approval.
A college student told Bush his belief that U.S. wars were aimed at opening markets for American companies and said globalization was contrived for America's benefit at the expense of the rest of the world. Bush was having none of it.
"I think that's weird and it's nuts," Bush said. "To suggest that everything we do is because we're hungry for money, I think that's crazy. I think you need to go back to school."
The hostile comments came during a quesion-and-answer session after Bush finished a folksy address on leadership by telling the audience how deeply hurt he feels when his presidential son is criticized.
"This son is not going to back away," Bush said, his voice quivering. "He's not going to change his view because some poll says this or some poll says that, or some heartfelt comments from the lady who feels deeply in her heart about something. You can't be president of the United States and conduct yourself if you're going to cut and run. This is going to work out in Iraq. I understand the anxiety. It's not easy."
Bush said he was surprised by the audience's criticism of his son.
"He is working hard for peace. It takes a lot of guts to get up and tell a father about his son in those terms when I just told you the thing that matters in my heart is my family," he said. "How come everybody wants to come to the United States if the United States is so bad?
The parents are always the last to know their son is an asshole. Only Poppy Bush would be surprised that a Muslim audience would detest his son as a earthly Satan. They hate him, they hate him deeply. They feel he lives to kill muslims.
Which may be wrong, but it is how they feel. It is what Bush has done to our reputation around the world.
Bush's greatest weakness is that he never made W stand up and be a man. Maybe because their first child died of cancer, whatever, but W has never looked at his son and saw the weakling coward before him.
posted by Steve @ 12:45:00 AM