It would appear Ryan Grim of Huffington Post is one of the hundred or so people who have actually read George W. Bush’s new memoir Decision Points. According to the publisher, Random House, it is supposed to offer readers, “a first person account [….] never-before-heard detail” and “a strikingly candid journey through the defining decisions of his life.”
Well surprise, surprise., maybe not so much. It is turning out that as folks have time to do a little fact checking, instead of being a first person account of Bush’s presidency, major chunks of the book comes almost word for word from third party news stories and even other books about Bush that have already been published for years. Grim notes:
Far from shedding light on how the president approached the crucial “decision points” of his presidency, the clip jobs illuminate something shallower and less surprising about Bush’s character: He’s too lazy to write his own memoir.
So how does his publisher respond to Bush lifting material from others?
A Crown official rejected the suggestion that Bush had done anything inappropriate, suggesting that the similarities speak to its inherent accuracy.
Wow, that is some world class spin. But maybe the best of all:
In a final irony, Bush appears to draw heavily from several of Bob Woodward’s books and also from Robert Draper’s “Dead Certain”. The Bush White House called the books’ accuracy into question when they were initially published.
I tell you want, the wonders of Bush will never cease to amaze me.