Father and son former presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, were extensively interviewed for a new book, The Last Republicans written about the duo by Mark Updegrove. Both men weighed in on the 2016 election as it was happening and neither has a very high opinion of our current president.
From George W., the man who once said, “One of my proudest moments is I didn’t sell my soul for the sake of popularity”:
This guy doesn’t know what it means to be president.
A brutal assessment, but so spot on it cannot be denied. President Donald Trump has no clue how to be a president, what it means to be a president, or apparently how to write a simple letter of resignation so that he no longer has to be president.
The elder Bush, George H.W. was quite a bit more harsh with his assessment of Trump:
I don’t like him. I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.
“He’s a blowhard.” Wow. Yes, he said that out loud. Thank you Mr. Bush for putting a voice to the thought we have all had at least once or twice (or a million times). Coming from a man with such an illustrious career, it packs much more of a punch than from us peeps at the bottom of the food chain. From CNN:
Both men went on the record to give Updegrove their candid assessment of Trump, as well as rare insight into their thoughts on the 2016 presidential race as the drama unfolded.
The elder Bush went on to explain he thinks that Trump actually could unite the country, but that it would require “humility” which is a challenge for a man with “a certain ego.”
In an interview, Updegrove told CNN’s Jamie Gangel:
If you look at the Bush family, it makes perfect sense. Donald Trump is everything that the Bush family is not. George Bush grew up thinking about the greater good. Donald Trump is manifestly narcissistic. It’s part of his brand. And that brand is the antithesis of the Bush brand.
When CNN contacted the Bush family, both confirmed that their conversations with Updegrove were on the record, but they reiterated their policy of not commenting on books.
Father and son have been working with former Democratic presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama on a joint fundraising and philanthropic venture, One America Appeal, to help victims of the recent natural disasters that have plagued the nation and received little attention from the Trump administration.
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