I've been reading some snippet's from her book about the bush family, I find these instances quite humorous but at the same time cannot believe that
these people have become powerful decision maker's in this country.
Some of Kelley's findings might be challenged or modified by future historians, for The Family is but the first draft history. But one thing is
clear. They have not been refuted by her contemporaries.
The cat that roared
Page 252: George H.W. Bush comes to the rescue when his sons run afoul of Andover honor codes. Jeb violates the school's alcohol ban, but he's
allowed to finish his degree after his father intervenes. Years later, Kelley writes, school officials catch W.'s younger brother Marvin with drugs,
but dad talks them out of expulsion and secures for his son an "honorary transfer" to another school.
Page 253: At Andover, George W. Bush writes a morose essay about his sister's death. Searching for a synonym for "tears," he consults a thesaurus
and writes, "And the lacerates ran down my cheeks." A teacher labels the paper "disgraceful."
Page 261-68: A frat brother says Bush "wasn't an ass man." Another friend concurs: "Poor Georgie. He couldn't even relate to women unless he was
loaded. … There were just too many stories of him turning up dead drunk on dates."
Page 309: At Harvard Business School, which W. attends from 1973 to 1975, a professor screens The Grapes of Wrath. Bush asks him, "Why are you going
to show us that Commie movie?" W.'s take on the film: "Look. People are poor because they are lazy."
Page 266: George W. and coc aine. One anonymous Yalie claims he sold coke to Bush; another classmate says he and Bush snorted the drug together.
Sharon Bush, W.'s ex-sister-in-law, tells Kelley that Bush has used coc aine at Camp David "not once, but many times." (Sharon has since
denied telling Kelley this.)
Page 304: While working on a 1972 Alabama Senate campaign, Bush, witnesses say, "liked to sneak out back for a joint of marijuana or into the
bathroom for a line of coc aine."
Page 575: A friend says Laura Bush was the "go-to girl for dime bags" at Southern Methodist University.
Page 252: George W. hangs a Confederate flag in his dorm room at Andover.
Page 268: W. on Yale's decision to admit women: "That's when Yale really started going downhill."
Page 598: George W. to McCain during the nasty 2000 South Carolina primary: "John, we've got to start running a better campaign." McCain: "Don't
give me that #. And take your hands off me."
Michiko Kakutani seems to make some valid points in her New York Times review in which she says the book addresses the personal to the exclusion of
the public record. The Family "is seeded with some spicy allegations about drugs and sex, but has little to say about national security, the Florida
election standoff or the Bush family's ties with the Saudis," Kakutani writes. "…Far more attention is lavished on the contentious relationship
between Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, say, than on George W. Bush's collegial relationship with the neoconservatives and religious right." But that
in a subtle way misses the point. In modern America, whether you like it or not, the personal is the political. Is it invalid to judge the integrity,
the military record, the personal recklessness, the business practices, and formation of ideology in evaluating a sitting president?
One of the biggest stories at the heart of the Iraq War is George W. Bush's "collegial" relationship with the neoconservatives-how he got in their
grip flows directly out of his personal background. Before 9/11 Bush was a drifting mannequin, and on that day, as the movie Fahrenheit 9/11 starkly
shows, he was a deer in the headlights. Suddenly, he was transformed into a president who took us to war in an irrelevant country based on
unsubstantiated and corrupt intelligence that has now cost a thousand American lives. How did this happen? The answer lies in Bush's relationship
with his closest advisers: Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Wolfowitz. To understand how he became in thrall to these advisers one must first delve into his
personal character and background. So in the end, the personal, of which Kelley writes, is related to national security, the Florida election
standoff, and the family relationship to the Saudis.
Kakutani raises an important point. There is a valid public debate here which journalism has not embraced about whether there is a separation between
the personal and political. If the Bushes are hypocritical in their private lives, how credible are any of their public pronouncements or public
imagery? It is perfectly legitimate to ask an author about sources. But Kelley has been subjected to a double standard. On the one hand she is
dismissed because what she is saying is important, as evidenced by Lauer, while on the other she is dismissed because what she is saying is not
important, as Kakutani sees it. The truth is that the mainstream media has given this administration a free ride, up to and including swallowing whole
unsubstantiated allegations and outright lies as a pretext for war. There is no more serious misrepresentation in politics and life than to send kids
out to die for a lie.
Kitty Kelley is not killing anyone. She is not mobilizing any troops. Yet she is being called to account for words she has written beyond the
standards of which we hold the highest official in the land. The same journalists who have given this administration a free pass on a tyrant's worst
offenses-stealing an election and taking a country into war under false pretenses-are grilling Kitty Kelley about the methodology and motives of a
The Family is indeed a family quarrel, but it's a quarrel inside the family of American journalism. What are the implications if the Bushes are even
half of what Kelley portrays? Kakutami is right that Kelley's book begs further reporting. Every managing editor in every newsroom in America should
be saying to their reporters: Show me where she's wrong, and if she's right, go get the story. As John Steinbeck wrote, "it is in the things not
mentioned that the untruth lies."
Indded it is in the things not mentioned that the untruth lies...
And will continue to be dismissed because this
flies over this
And cheerleading for your favoured political party superceeds any truth.
[edit on 23-9-2005 by TrueLies]