I don't know why this steams me so much, but it does. I'm not George W. Bush's biggest fan, but that's partly because I'm generally suspicious of all political figures. I give Bush high ratings for his recent Matt Lauer interview, and I certainly believe he had impeccable taste choosing our Bill McGurn to be his chief speechwriter. But, still, I didn't ever fall for him the way I have for, say, Chris Christie.
When I saw this story today, I shrugged. Ex-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is taking issue with a passage in Bush's new book, Decision Points, about a meeting between the two leaders regarding the Iraq invasion. Fine. Whatever.
But then this quote caught my eye:
"We noticed that the intellectual reach of the president of the most important nation at the time was exceptionally low," Uwe-Karsten Heye, who was Schroeder's spokesman at the time, told German news channel N24, according to the Telegraph. "For this reason, it was difficult to communicate with him. He had no idea what was happening in the world. He was so fixated on being a Texan. I think he knew every longhorn in Texas."
Has anything as rude ever been said about a US President by another country's administration? (If so, I'm sure you all will tell me.) As a voting American citizen, I also kind of take it personally.