Friday, December 26, 2008

Long past its sell-by date

Only Karl Rove could be so in love with his own creation as to be still selling the "MBA President" line about George Bush after 8 years in which the nation clearly never wants to see sight of its MBA President again --

In the 35 years I've known George W. Bush, he's always had a book nearby. He plays up being a good ol' boy from Midland, Texas, but he was a history major at Yale and graduated from Harvard Business School. You don't make it through either unless you are a reader.

It may also come as news to the hacks who always filed their reports from "the western White House" at Bush's "ranch" that the whole thing was just played up. But now Rove has let them in on the truth.

One question Rove never confronts in his article about Bush's prodigious reading during his term is how Bush found the time to read -- or more seriously, whether his reading contaminated Bush's policy decisions. For one thing, Bush's obsession with "legacy" (in evidence with a reading list that easily lends itself to vanity) could have blinded him to the real present day costs of his policies.

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