The Decider: The Book

Here's something on which I won't spend a penny or waste a moment of my time reading*:
Former President George W. Bush, who once famously called himself "The Decider," is writing a book about decisions [tentatively (not decisively) called "Decision Points" and scheduled for a 2010 release].

"I want people to understand the environment in which I was making decisions. I want people to get a sense of how decisions were made and I want people to understand the options that were placed before me," Bush said during a brief telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press from his office in Dallas.

..."I want to recreate what it was like, for example, right after 9/11," he said, "and have people understand the emotions I felt and what others around me felt at the time."

Asked if he might write about the ouster of his first defense secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, or about his decision not to pardon Cheney's former chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, choices both openly disputed by Cheney, Bush said he didn't know.

"I made a lot of decisions," he said.
"I am a great decisionary," he added. "My decisivism is second to none. It's because of my renowned decisionry that I recently awarded myself the key to the city and honorary mayorship of an imaginary town called Decidersburg, USA."
Instead of telling his life story, Bush will concentrate on about a dozen personal and presidential choices, from giving up drinking to picking Dick Cheney as his vice president to sending troops to Iraq. He will also write about his relationship with family members, including his father, the first President Bush, his religious faith and his highly criticized response to Hurricane Katrina.

...Although he didn't keep a diary while in the White House — he "jotted" down the occasional note — he said he began "Decision Points" just two days after leaving the White House and had written "maybe" 30,000 words so far.
Awesome. Can't wait.


* Unless, perhaps, someone else reads it first and assures me that it's comedy gold.

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