name, but what the heck.
He isn't the first man/woman in history to burn someone for their own financial gain.
Who needs enemies when you have friends like these? Doug Wead, who has a new book about presidential childhoods, once worked as an aide for Bush senior. He had several conversations some years ago with then-Governor George W. Bush. They talked about all sorts of issues, including the presidential campaign. It was then that Mr. Wead decided to stab Mr. Bush in the back and record the phone calls.
Flash-forward to 2005. Wead has a book coming out, and he'd like to drum up a little publicity. He decides to play some of the telephone conversations for the New York Times. He denies that the purpose of this was to promote his book. Now we all believe that, don't we? But you're really going to have to strap on the wading boots for this one: Mr. Wead says he didn't mean for the transcripts of the conversations to be published. I'm sure that's why he played them for a New York Times reporter.
As for what's in the tapes, nothing really too bad. Bush talks about his refusal to bash homosexuals just to score points with the religious right, all but admitted to using marijuana and criticized his rivals for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination. Beyond that, not much else. The media is running with the drug part of the story