Sunday, February 20, 2005

Secret Bush Tapes--What a Snooze!

There’s this guy who shills for the Moonies’ Washington Times and who has written a book called “All the President’s Children”. His name is Doug Wead. Doug Wead used to work for Bush-the-Elder. Doug Wead used to be an Assemblies of God preacher. So Wead decides in 1998 to tape phone conversations he was having with Bush-the-Younger, because George W. used to confide in Wead. And Wead could see the handwriting on the wall. Wead says he “viewed Mr. Bush as a historic figure.” Now Wead has leaked a dozen or so of those taped phone conversations to the New York Times. In an article in this morning’s NYT, “In Secretly Taped Conversations, Glimpses of the Future President”, David D. Kirkpatrick summarizes the content of those tapes. "I believe that, like him or not, he is going to be a huge historical figure," Mr. Wead said. "If I was on the telephone with Churchill or Gandhi, I would tape record them too." Fat chance Mr. Jesus-Lets-Me-Tap-Phones would have gotten within a telephone wire of Gandhi or Churchill. Wead said he made tapes of his phone conversations with GWB only in states that permit taping a phone conversation without telling the other party that you are doing so. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have these “one-party consent” laws. The twelve states that require the consent of all parties are California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington. got the picture? A born-again Bush family employee confidant and friend, who, in 1998, believes George W. Bush is going to be a huge historical figure, secretly tapes phone conversations and decides in 2005 that the time has come to let the world know what the great man was thinking before destiny tapped him on the shoulder. What a load of crap! As reported by Kirkpatrick, the tapes sound like not only Wead and George W. were in on the taping. They sound like all the usual suspects from the Project for the New American Century, the Christian Coalition and Karl Rove were a party to this very stupid simple-minded scam. As Kirkpatrick says, “The private Mr. Bush sounds remarkably similar in many ways to the public President Bush.” Mercy me, what’re the odds?

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