New York, December 30 (ANI): Former underlings in the George W. Bush administration have likened the U.S. President to Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in terms of their "bad" reading skills.
Larry Wilkerson, a top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell, said that Bush was a "Sarah Palin-like" leader, who had a short attention span and often deferred on big decisions.
According to him, Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld promoted the notion that they were a national security "dream team" to guild the foreign-policy amateur Bush.
"It allowed everybody to believe that this Sarah Palin-like President - because, let's face it, that's what he was - was going to be protected by this national security elite, tested in the cauldrons of fire," the New York Daily News quoted Wilkerson as saying.
Richard Clarke, a former counter-terrorism adviser, said that even then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was aware of the fact that bush was not very great at reading.
He revealed that Rice and her deputy Steve Hadley once told him: "Don't give the President a lot of long memos. He's not a big reader."
Telling as to how he reacted to that statement, Clarke said: "Well, s---, I mean, the President of the United States is not a big reader?"
Former Bush media adviser Mark McKinnon said that the administration was in trouble even before Bush took office in the aftermath of the 2000 recount, in which the Supreme Court effectively ruled that he had won Florida.
"The recount poisoned the well from the beginning. A good number of people in this country didn't believe Bush was a legitimate President. And you can't change the tone under those circumstances," McKinnon said. (ANI)