He has a new book for sale! And in order to give a book a good launch you need a controversial interview to launch it! So this deep state elitist decided to provide his emotional response to the Capitol breach on January 6th to help promote it. “Out of Many, One: Portraits of America’s Immigrants.” by President George W. Bush is available now and the former GOP President is on a promotional tour. Yup, George W. Bush. A deeper deep state elitist you could not possibly find. Eh… except maybe Dick Cheney… but he’s up to other shenanigans..
Hey, He’s Got A Book To Sell
In a Feb.24th interview with Texas Tribune’s CEO Evan Smith, the former President said that the Jan. 6th Capitol breach left him “disgusted”. According to the Tribune he continued,
“I can’t remember what I was doing, but … I was sick to my stomach … to see our nation’s Capitol being stormed by hostile forces, And it really disturbed me to the point where I did put out a statement, and I’m still disturbed when I think about it.”
The President clearly drew a line between what happened in Washington and what he views as the appropriate freedom of expression. “It undermines rule of law and the ability to express yourself in peaceful ways in the public square,” he added. “This was an expression that was not peaceful.”
A Clear Divide With The Current GOP
President Bush made no mystery of his disagreements with President Trump and other Republicans’ assessments of the 2020 election as: compromised, fraught with irregularity or even outright fraudulent.
When asked by Smith if the election was stolen, Bush simply answered, “No.” He tempered his response adding, “I think the election, all elections have some kind of improprieties,” he told Smith. But he stuck to his initial answer that the Biden-Harris regime was legitimate, a key sticking point with most conservatives. “I think … the results of this election, though, were confirmed when Joe Biden got inaugurated as president.”
In The End He Defended Trump…If Only Slightly
In spite of his disagreements with President Trump, President Bush refused to take an opportunity proffered to him by Smith to condemn the current GOP banner-carrier. Asked by the newspaper CEO if the Trump-led federal government put democracy at risk in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Bush had another one-word answer: “No.”
He then went on to recognize the anger of the American people and how hot passions ran in this election cycle, perhaps understating it and attributing it mainly to “stuff” spread on the internet.
“What’s putting democracy at risk is the capacity to get on the internet to spread … all kinds of stuff,” he said. “But checks and balances work. It’s a, you know, a balanced system. The courts work. The legislative process needs a little work, particularly on immigration reform … No, I thought the system worked fine.”
“It shows the vibrancy of democracy,” he said. “That’s a telltale sign that people want to get engaged in the system and that they were willing to go vote.” He continued waxing somewhat idealistic in light of the galling refusal of the Supreme Court to even hear Texas v. Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan & Pennsylvania. “Checks and balances” indeed.
“Look, politics has always been rough … And right now we’re at a period of time, though, when there’s a lot of anger in the system, which then causes people to worry about the future of our democracy,” he said. “I think it’s going to eventually work its way out of the system.
Bush seemed amend his statement. “Hopefully, this anger will work its way out of the system.” This suggests that on some level that President Bush does realize just how precarious the situation is, and is measuring his speech uncharacteristically carefully.
Refuses to Bash Trump, But Supportive of Biden
It’s difficult to place President Bush on the political spectrum these days because he has tried painstakingly it would seem to stay out of it. Even in his statement directly after the Capitol breach, Bush was careful not to name President Trump or any other Republican. This is difficult to accept in today’s polarized political world. However, it is in fitting with the traditional doctrine of Presidents Emeritus to keep out of the political fray. He released in a prepared statement,
“The violent assault on the Capitol — and disruption of a Constitutionally mandated meeting of Congress — was undertaken by people whose passions have been inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes,” he Said, without specifically naming Trump.
Bush said he has since spoken with Biden and is so far pleased with his first two months in office.
“He’s an experienced guy, and you know, I had a good conversation with him,” Bush said. “I said, ‘Anything I can do to help, if I feel comfortable with it, let me know.'”
“He’s off to a good start it looks like,”
While President Bush’s sarcasm is historically hard to detect, it’s difficult to say whether or not he was kidding. Though given the Biden-Harris regime’s abominable handling of the border crisis, it’s difficult to imagine he was being completely serious.
So What’s His Book About?
Bush’s book is a call for comprehensive immigration reform which he was unable to accomplish in his two Presidential terms and is likely to skew center-left of the present Republican MAGA platform. Par for the course for an aging Neo-Con trying hard to play the role of elder-statesman.
According to the Texas Tribune,
“In the interview and in his new book, Bush continued his advocacy of an immigration overhaul. His attempt to change the system in the second term of his presidency was one of his greatest domestic disappointments, but one on which he spent a great deal of his political capital.”
The best we can hope for is that Bush continues to eschew political activism, likely with a another book or two. As opposed to former President Obama who evidently feels he can still play kingmaker behind the scenes. I say we take the win.