A Modest (Book) Proposal for George W. Bush
Every man has an important story to tell -- even more so if he was once the president of
Yes, his memoir "Decision Points," covers a great deal of ground, and for the intended purposes. The post-presidential retelling of events is always an effort to goad a legacy forward. So, as is to be expected, Bush's recently released book is being dissected by historians, politicos and pundits alike.
But Bush's allure for both detractors and fans has long been his golly-gee, easygoing demeanor. He's the guy you'd choose to have a beer with, as the conventional wisdom once had it, rather than his more cerebral political foes.
So why not use that gift for a greater good? Give us a lesson worth engaging.
Really engage us with how he traversed the route that has tripped up so many others. Explain the sneaky way alcohol has for morphing from social fun with pals to a daily habit of near ravenous cravings.
Obviously, we're all curious about what Bush has to say the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction, as well as his reflections on hanging chads, water-boarding, Hurricane Katrina,
But his struggle with alcohol -- clearly central to Bush's life -- gets short shrift. He opens his book with it. "Quitting drinking was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made," Bush writes. "Without it, none of the others that follow in this book would have been possible."
Bush lets readers know his faith in God, and his love for
But then ... period, new paragraph.
To learn more you have to combine husband's and wife's recent autobiographies.
She gives context by recounting dry
She talks of a date with a boy who drank too much and being scared as he drove her home while drunk. She writes of being the wife to the man who is drunk at a party. And perhaps most importantly, she tells of the lineage of drinking.
"Years after George quit, as Mother and I sat talking one quiet afternoon, she turned and said that, unlike me, she had never thought to ask Daddy to stop drinking."
The passage is set apart by extra lines for emphasis.
Here's a pitch for an intrepid publishing agent. How about a dual autobiography? A book co-authored by
If they are ready to reveal more, and I suspect they might be, have them pen a book that is less a memoir of the presidential years. Give us more of the young couple they once were, newly married in
Next time, address drinking for what it is -- a societal problem that is as acute today as it was in 1986, the year
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