Former US president, George Herbert Walker Bush, has spoken out about his views on how his son, George W. Bush was served by Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney during his presidency.
Elder Bush speaks out in a Bibliography titled “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.” The book was written by Jon Meacham and is expected to launch this month. According to the book, Elder Bush feels that his son’s advisers including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld did not do a good job. He told Meacham that former defense secretary Rumsfeld served his son badly and that Cheney was not as effective as he ought to have been.
George W. Bush released a statement on Thursday, stating that he was happy to have Rumsfeld and Cheney by his side during his time in office. He also pointed out that Cheney did a good job as the vice president. He expressed his gratitude to the two men for their friendship and commitment to the service during their time.
W. Bush’s statement was a direct contradiction of the statements made by Senior Bush as recorded in the book. Perhaps pointing to personal differences sparked by decades-long rivalry between Elder Bush and Rumsfeld. The opinions of both W. Bush and his father carry a lot of weight as far as having influence on Jeb Bush’s presidency is concerned.
In a normal situation, having a father and a brother who have served as presidents in the past is ideal. Jeb Bush could pick up a lot of insight on how to handle his political matters, who to trust and who not to trust. However, it is rather complicated in his case because of the conflicting statements from father and brother.
During his appearance on MSNBC on Thursday, Jeb Bush was asked whether he agreed with his father’s opinion about Cheney and Rumsfeld. He stated that his father was trying to create a different narrative of what his brother believes because no matter what the situation W. Bush would accept responsibility since it was his administration. He also believes that both men served their father and brother well.