posted on Dec, 11 2002 @ 09:41 AM
I'm surprised nobody hopped on this one.
About two weeks ago, Esquire featured an interview with DiIulio, Bush's former head of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community
Initiatives. He said that the White House had no organization; that Bush basically ran around like a loose cannon, leaving everyone to try and put
together policy in the wake of his decisions and pronouncements.)
He called the White House a bunch of "Mayberry Machiavellis" (to the non-US folks, this refers to the old "Andy Griffith" comedy television show
about a Southern sheriff and his bungling sidekick (Andy Griffith and Don Knotts), set in the fictional town of Mayberry) and blamed a lot of policy
failure on the fact that Bush acted first and thought later.
So the article gets published.
DiIulio gets a phone call. From Shrub.
SUDDENLY, DiIulio (ready to stand by all he said) does a complete about-face, apologizes for everything, yadda-yadda.
This article on Rense (yeah, I know. It's Rense. But the reporting's accurate... I followed the news stories) gives a good summary and a nice
(and it's not because I admire the writer's characterization of the White House staff as an "intellectual vacuum")
Bush don't like criticism of his loose-cannon policy. He calls folks up and leans on them.
(sigh) He's done more to erode our freedoms than any president since Tricky Dick.