'Decision Points,' the GOP and the Future of the Bush Legacy

Friday, November 12, 2010

Former President George W. Bush looks on from his seats prior to the Texas Rangers playing against the San Francisco Giants on October 30, 2010, in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty)

After two years of laying low, former President George W. Bush came out with a bang this week, with the release of his memoir, "Decision Points." While the world has been focusing on Bush's take on the Iraq war, weapons of mass destruction, the use of waterboarding and Hurricane Katrina, today we want to discuss what the memoir means in the context of the Republican surge in the past election. Is the book about the past Bush administration, or is it laying the ground for another Bush generation to take back the White House in the future?

Joining us is Russ Baker, award-winning journalist and author of "Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government, and the Hidden History of the Last Fifty Years." He explains how the former president is using the book to rally the Republican base, and remind them that the Bush family is still a force to be reckoned with.

Guests:

Russ Baker

Produced by:

Kateri A. Jochum

Comments [1]

Charles

I find it interesting that this segment was basically one in which a prominenet Bush critic promoted his own, old, book at the moment that the "news" is the release of President Bush's book.

Not for one moment do I believe that The Takeaway would so something like use the occasion of an Obama autobiography, to devote a segment to one of Obama's harshest critics, to analyze the book.

Actually, I'd expect that Obama would be imvited to appear on The Takeaway, and that he'd probably accept; knowing that he'll get sympathetic questions and an admiring audience.

Similarly, while there might be a formal invitation made by The Takeaway (or any one of a dozen or more NPR-affiliated program hosts) to President Bush, for an interview during his book tour, I'd expect that he'd be unlikely to accept, because he'd rightly expect a circus of harsh criticism from hostile hosts and a hostile audience.

This is all merely part of the general media landscape, of course. Anyone who'd expect anythnig other than extreme liberal bias from public radio is kidding themselves.

What I found funny today was that even noted Bush family critic Russell Baker seemd more measured, more careful, in his anti-Bush commentary, than was Celeste Headlee.

Nov. 12 2010 10:54 AM

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