Doug Wead, who last week made public secret tapes he made of conversations with GW Bush during his campaign for the Presidency, says that he
"regrets" the move. The tapes were released the same week that Wead's book was released. He has been roundly criticized from all sides for his
callous opportunism and deception. He has directed his attorneys to have the proceeds from his book given to charity.
An old friend of President Bush who secretly recorded their private conversations and released them to the media said he has regrets and is turning
the tapes over to Bush.
Doug Wead allowed journalists to hear and broadcast the tapes in the past week as he promoted his new book on presidential parents. But he said he
canceled plans to be on "Hardball" on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about his regrets because "it would only add to the distraction I have caused to
the president's important and historic work."
"Contrary to a statement that I made to the New York Times, I have come to realize that personal relationships are more important than history,"
Wead wrote in a letter to the show's host, Chris Matthews, that MSNBC released to the public on Wednesday. "I am asking my attorney to direct any
future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History
On the tapes, recorded over the course of the two years before Bush became the Republican presidential nominee, Bush discusses strategy for his
presidential run and appears to acknowledge past drug use. He says he will refuse to answer questions about using '___', coc aine and marijuana
because "I don't want any kid doing what I tried to do 30 years ago."
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I have to say that I was really stumped by this one. What kind of friend secretly tapes your conversations, saves them until it's time for some
publicity and releases them to the public, knowing that the contents would be sensitive, to say the least? I guess we could contact Linda Tripp for
insight into that logic.
The truth is, however, that Bush comes off sounding like a sincere human being struggling with his ambitions, his frailties and his ethics--just the
sort of impression you get from watching him go about his daily work. Maybe Doug Wead can learn as much from his mistakes as the President has.
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[edit on 05/2/25 by GradyPhilpott]