Saturday :: Feb 19, 2005

Tapes Of Bush 1998 Conversations Reveal Interesting Views On Gays


by Steve

In tomorrow’s New York Times, there is a story on the partial release of some tapes made by a Bush family friend of conversations he had with George W. Bush in 1998. Apparently, W did not know the tapes were being made, and the man making the tapes, Doug Wead, made the tapes to assist him in a future book on Bush.

There are several interesting tidbits in these tapes, including Bush’s comments on his possible GOP presidential competitors in 2000, his past problems with drugs and alcohol, his dislike for Al Gore and his willingness to go negative and tough against Gore while proclaiming his piety in the same conversations. There is also some revealing chatter in the tapes about Bush being unwilling to “kick gays” just to please the evangelicals.

Yet the most interesting comment I found was this one, given the Gannon/Guckert fiasco and unanswered questions about how it was possible for a male prostitute to get around the FBI/Secret Service screening process and gain repeated access to the White House, Air Force One, and Crawford with obviously some high level help:

Told that one conservative supporter was saying Mr. Bush had pledged not to hire gay people, Mr. Bush said sharply: "No, what I said was, I wouldn't fire gays."

You can draw your own conclusions from that.

Steve :: 7:56 PM :: Comments (32) :: Digg It!