I had the opportunity to attend a 90 minute Q&A with Mr. Bush this weekend, and I wanted to hear what he had to say: his view of his presidency, what he’s doing now to fill the time, his thoughts on Donald Rumsfeld (as Rummy was on his own book tour last week), etc… I vehemently disagreed (and still do) with everything he stood for as President, when his lackadaisical cowboy manner infuriated me. If he popped up on the TV screen during those 8 years in office, I raced to hit the “mute” button. Yet there I was in that ballroom, scrambling for a good seat, waiting to hear what he had to say.
Basic Impression? He was far more charming than I would have imagined. A trained politician, so I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised, but there you go. As for what makes him really tick, I still couldn’t say.
What did I learn? I learned that it’s good for me to get out of my box. I still disagree with Mr. Bush’s management of this country, and I could list all of my many grievances here, but that’s not the point of this post. I was reminded how much more interesting a subject (a person) can be when I bother to suspend judgment long enough to listen, when I take off the blinders and let my natural curiosities take the lead.
And as this is a reading and writing blog, there is a book involved. I came away with an autographed copy of DECISION POINTS, and it will be placed alongside all the other presidential books here in Carter Library.
The question is, will I read it? Doubtful. Would you?