November 03, 2010

A memoir by the owner of the former First Dog

Former president Bush has written a memoir called "Decision Points," a "dogged work of reminiscence by an author not naturally given to introspection" (Michiko Kakutani, NY Times). As one would expect, much of the memoir deals with portraying Bush as a decisive leader, and there will be as much disagreement on his reflections on the decision-making process as on the decisions themselves. However, there is one point on which there never was any disagreement: George W. Bush loves his dog Barney, and that's a good thing. And so his memoir ends with a note on Barney and being an ordinary citizen again.
Mr. Bush says he left office satisfied that “I had always done what I believed was right.” Since then, he says, he’s comfortably settled back into ordinary life. Shortly after moving to Dallas, he writes, he took his dog Barney for an early morning walk: “Barney spotted our neighbor’s lawn, where he promptly took care of his business. There I was, the former president of the United States, with a plastic bag on my hand, picking up that which I had been dodging for the past eight years.”

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