Sunday, September 09, 2007

Not Must Reading, Unfortunately

Robert Draper's book, "Dead Certain: The Presidency of GWB," according to today's Post review, doesn't have much to recommend it. Little insights into the person who has so horribly destroyed his own legacy. One item that Draper does recount is interesting, in as much as we often talk about Bush & Co's inability to learn from history.

According to Draper, Bush told him (in reference to his unsuccessful Congress run in 1978), "You can't learn lessons by reading. Or at least I couldn't. I learned by doing. I knew it was an uphill struggle." As reviewer Richard Wolffe notes, "Here is a president who boasts of reading around 100 books a year, promotes reading standards and No Child Left Behind, graduated from Yale and Harvard, and is married to a librarian. Yet he thinks he can't learn lessons by reading."

Well, he doesn't seem to have learned much by "doing" either, despite his boast. The book on this failed presidency has yet to be written.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Mark said...

Bush is unable to learn from any method. He actively tries not to learn. He's the anti-scholar.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Carol Gee said...

Lapopessa, perhaps it is that our current president cannot absorb what he reads. It is apparent he cannot absorb what he sees and hears, either.
Loved your last paragraph. I am so glad I read your blog regularly.

6:52 AM  

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