George W. Bush didn’t have much use for The New York Times’ fake populist politics when he was president, and he sure doesn’t need its lame pop-psychology now.
In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley that aired Sunday, the 43rd president talked about his relationship with the 41st, and dismissed Crowley’s question about a Times book review that described an almost oedipal struggle between the two men – one that has only ebbed with the passage of time.
“He does not reflect on his lifetime of efforts to prove himself by following in his father’s footsteps, nor does he dwell on any frustrations in trying to measure up,” Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker wrote. “With the former president fading into winter, the younger Bush’s book feels like a release of sorts, finally getting rid of whatever baggage has been there for so long. A son sits at the
The ex-president’s response?
“I think it’s typical psychobabble of somebody who has no clue what he’s talking about,” Bush said, that Texas accent adding an extra hint of scorn
“And one reason I wrote the book is that, you know, as I understand it, a lot of people are saying, well, you know, he’s in stiff competition with his father.”
Crowley was not to be put off: “Aren’t all sons in stiff competition with their father or with each other?”
“Not really,” Bush answered. “I mean, stiff competition is overstated. In other words, if you love somebody as much as I love my dad, and my brothers love my dad, and my sister loves him, there’s no need to compete.
“And so, I mean, people are going to write what they want to write.”
Psychobabble very much included.
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