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Robert Scheer: Why I Wasn't Prepared for George W. Bush

In an interview with Democracy Now!, Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer explains how, after he had spent decades covering U.S. presidents, Bush threw him for a loop: “At least the other [presidents] knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn?t even want to see Paris or London.”

Read the whole story in Robert Scheer’s new book “Playing President.”


Robert Scheer on Democracy Now!:

[Bush is] the perfectly electronically transmitted president. There is no there there. He?s a captive of the neo-con. I accept all that. He?s part of this — you know, he?s taken over by this cabal of Cheney and Rumsfeld. I think this guy is doing tremendous damage, and he’s in a league all his own. That?s why the others didn?t prepare me. At least the others knew a lot about the world, had experience, had brains about this, cared. This guy had the platinum American Express card and didn?t even want to see Paris or London. He stayed in China for three days. So this guy?s indifferent to the world, and now he’s going to change the whole world. A very ominous combination.

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