In his upcoming biography, George H.W. Bush talks very harsh about some officials that helped his son, George W. Bush, in his term at the White House. Former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld were the men most often mentioned.
Former vice president Dick Cheney is criticized in the book
Jon Meacham took some interviews from George H.W. Bush to write down “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush”. In them, the former President called Cheney an “iron-ass” and labeled Rumsfeld ” an arrogant fellow, says CNN.
“He had his own empire there and marched to his own drummer. It just showed me that you cannot do it that way. The President should not have that worry.”, stated George H.W. Bush. Cheney was Bush Senior’s defense secretary during his mandate, but H.W. felt that Cheney changed when he became vice president, years after.
“I don’t know, he just became very hard-line and very different from the Dick Cheney I knew and worked with,” George H.W. Bush told Meacham. Lynne, Cheney’s wife, didn’t escape from Bush’s judgement either. “You know, I’ve concluded that Lynne Cheney is a lot of the eminence grise here — iron-ass, tough as nails, driving”, said George H.W. Bush.
Bush Senior goes hard on Donald Rumsfeld too
About Rumsfeld, Bush Senior was even harsher. “I don’t like what he did, an I think it hurt the President, having his iron-ass view of everything. There’s a lack of humility, a lack of seeing what the other guy thinks. He’s more kick ass and take names, take numbers. I think he paid a price for that.”, said George H.W. Bush in his conversations with Meacham.
But Junior didn’t share his father’s opinion. “I am proud to have served with Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld”, stated George W. Bush in response to the book.