Just two days after leaving the White House, George W. Bush began writing a book – his memoir of sorts – about the tough decisions he made as president. Read more about this below, see photos and watch a video.
The book is tentatively called ‘Decision Points’ and it’s an unusual memoir in a couple of ways. Instead of telling his life story, President Bush will concentrate on about a dozen personal and presidential choices: from giving up drinking at age 40 to picking Dick Cheney as his vice president to sending troops to Iraq. He will also write about his relationship with family members, including his father the first President Bush #41, his christian faith, and his much criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.
“I want people to understand the environment in which I was making decisions. I want people to get a sense of how decisions were made and I want people to understand the options that were placed before me.”
His presidency was very turbulent with events no one had faced before. I suppose it’s cathartic for him to talk about these things — all decisions which were closely scrutinized and horribly villified during his 2-terms as president. And although he didn’t keep a diary while in the White House, President Bush says he “jotted” down occasional notes. He is working with research assistants and former White House speechwriter Chris Michel on his book and has reportedly written about 30,000 words so far.
With a rapidly failing Obama administration looming large after only a couple months, I too am reminded of some of the ‘decision points’ President Bush made that impacted the country. Consider these:
President Bush was FEARLESS about terrorists. He pursued and took the fight to the enemy – just as he promised. He kept this country safe from terrorist attacks for 8 years now, from dangers we likely will never know about. And he was most certainly a beloved and compassionate C in C to our dear troops.
He always reminded us what an awesome country this is; a good country with good people. His reminders to us of what our country, and the cause of liberty, means to the oppressed and weary in other lands was more then lip service – he truely believes it.
If he were tired or discouraged by all the mocking, sneers, and hating from the left, he never showed it. His optimism and kindness was never, ever lost on me.
President Bush and his very ‘unbitter’ wife Laura are an amazing example of graciousness-in-leadership that is indeed a forgotten civility — illuminated all the more by the interlopers now in the White House. Yep, I really miss W.
Crown Publishers will have world rights to President Bush’s memoir, ‘Decision Points’ and it’s scheduled for release in 2010. No details about the financials have yet been disclosed.
More terrific photos and a fun video of George W. Bush are below.
George W. Bush Video