Friday, November 12, 2010

'Decision Points': 'Bush a borrower of others material

WHAT IS IT about George W.Bush that he has spent so much of his life as a Mitty-like achiever and never getting it right? This is especially true these days as he moves about to rehab his fallen image with his book, "Decision Points". Although critics have panned the pedestrian writing of his so-called memoirs (despite alleged assistance from a standby author), he's now being accused of lifting anecdotal material - sometimes word for word - from other sources without attribution.

Ryan Grim, a writer for Huffington Post, has documented a number of instances in which Dubya left an impression that he had witnessed a particular meeting recited in the book while pirating these supposed presidential moments from other writers' accounts. (Full disclosure: I have not read the book, nor do I intend to.)

Who knows? Maybe he believes what he wrote was part of his personal experiences as president. Ronald Reagan, the conservatives' Master of the Universe, had some of these same memory lapses(?) . As a projected war hero even though he never drifted far from Hollywood, Reagan drifted in other ways, citing war experiences that were actually created on a movie set rather than a live battlefield - and apparently unaware of the difference.

1 comment:

Mencken said...

The past is prologue when Bush said:

"I promise you I will listen to what has been said here, even though I wasn't here." --at the President's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 2002