George W. Bushs bombastic return to the world stage has reminded me of my favourite Bush anecdote, which for various reasons we couldnt publish at the time. Some of the witnesses still dine out on it.
The venue was the Oval Office. A group of British dignitaries, including Gordon Brown, were paying a visit. It was at the height of the 2008 presidential election campaign, not long after Bush publicly endorsed John McCain as his successor.
Naturally the election came up in conversation. Trying to be even-handed and polite, the Brits said something diplomatic about McCains campaign, expecting Bush to express some warm words of support for the Republican candidate.
Not a chance. I probably wont even vote for the guy, Bush told the group, according to two people present.I had to endorse him. But Id have endorsed Obama if theyd asked me.
Endorse Obama? Cue dumbfounded look from British officials, followed by some awkward remarks about the Washington weather. Even Gordon Browns poker face gave way to a flash of astonishment.
To be fair, this wasnt completely unexpected. The degree of enmity between Bush and McCain particularly following their legendarily dirty fight in the 2000 South Carolina primary is hard to exaggerate.
Indeed Bush is far from kind to McCain in the parts of his new book that relate his complex relationship with the Arizona senator. Ive yet to see a copy, so I dont know whether he mentions how he voted. But it might be worth asking. He was certainly wavering. (11.09.2010, Alex Barker) http://blogs.ft.com/westminster/2010/11/bush-i-probably-wont-even-vote-for-mccain
"To Achieve World
Government it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism,
their loyalty to family traditions and national identification" Brock Chisholm - Director of the World Health Organization
"A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get." Ian Williams Goddard
The fact is that "political correctness" is all about creating uniformity. Individualism is one of the biggest obstacles in the way of the New World Order. They want a public that is predictable and conditioned to do as it's told without asking questions.
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first." Thomas Jefferson