posted on Jan, 14 2004 @ 03:07 PM
i like this part :Sometimes, O'Neill says, they had to float an idea in the press just to scare a reaction out of him."
"The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House and the Education of Paul O'Neill traces the former Alcoa CEO's rise and fall through the
Administration: from his return to Washington to work for his third President, whom he believed would govern from the sensible center, through
O'Neill's disillusionment, to his firing, executed in a surreal conversation with Cheney, a man he once considered a fellow traveler... O'Neill
found Bush unengaged and inscrutable, an inside account far different from the shiny White House brochure version of an unfailing leader questioning
aides with rapid-fire intensity. The two met one-on-one almost every week, but O'Neill says he had trouble divining his boss's goals and ideas...
O'Neill's assessment of Bush's executive style is a harsh one: it is portrayed as a failure of leadership. Aides were left to play 'blind man's
bluff,' trying to divine Bush's views on issues like tax policy, global warming and North Korea. Sometimes, O'Neill says, they had to float an idea
in the press just to scare a reaction out of him."