Guess they're still smarting about that whole "low-energy" thing.
In surprisingly undiplomatic terms for elder statesmen, George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, bash President Trump in a yet-to-be released book. Both of the former presidents vowed when they left office not to speak ill of their successors, and both kept that pledge for the most part — until now.
Bush the elder, 93, was blunt, even crass, calling the president of the Unite States — a fellow Republican — a "blowhard."
“I don’t like him,” Mr. Bush said in May 2016, according to the upcoming book The Last Republicans, written by Mark Updegrove. “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.” Rather than being motivated by public service, Mr. Bush said Mr. Trump seemed to be driven by “a certain ego.”
George The Younger echoed his father, saying "As you know from looking at my family, humility is a certain heritage. That's what they expect, and we're not seeing that" in Trump.
The White House shot back Saturday. "If one presidential candidate can disassemble a political party, it speaks volumes about how strong a legacy its past two presidents really had. And that begins with the Iraq war, one of the greatest foreign policy mistakes in American history."
Trump in the 2016 campaign shredded Jeb Bush — sorry, Jeb! — by calling him "low energy." He repeatedly bested him in debates, and Jeb, the man who would be president, slinked away after just a few primaries.
“You can either exploit the anger, incite it,” W. said, “or you can come up with ideas to deal with it.” Jeb, W. said, offered real solutions, “but it didn’t fit with the mood.”
“If you’re angry with the powers that be,” he added, “you’re angry with the so-called establishment, and there’s nothing more established than having a father and brother that have been president.”
And now, George The Younger says he fears he'll be the last Republican president.
Said Updegrove: "George W. Bush himself said in 2016 privately, and then to me, that 'You know, I fear that I will be the last Republican president.' And it wasn't just about Hillary Clinton becoming president, as the Republican Party was having a difficult time finding itself. It was because Donald Trump represented everything that the Bushes abhorred," the author told CNN.
Asked about W. Bush's fear, Updegrove said, "There's no question that I think there's a battle for the soul of the Republican Party. And the Republicans have to figure out who they are, and what they stand for."
Neither Bush voted for their party's candidate, Updegrove wrote. "I voted 'None of the Above' for president, and Republican down ballot in 2016," W. said. George The Elder said he voted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. No, seriously.
In the first chapter, George W. Bush calls the notion that he was the "prodigal son," a reference to a wayward son in the Bible, "bullshit." And in a 2012 interview with Updegrove, Bush told the historian he "chased a lot of pussy and drank a lot of whiskey" as a young man, but added, "I was never the prodigal son because I never left my family."
Goodness. So much for the Bushes staying out of politics.
George Jr., by the way, also wanted to set the record straight. He said Vice President Dick Cheny and Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld, “didn’t make one f*cking decision" while he was president.
“The fact that there was any doubt in anyone’s mind about who the president was, blows my mind,” the 43rd president said.
So much for stoic elder statesmen.