Chapter 2, page 16: "The playground at Sam Houston Elementary was next door to Midland Memorial Stadium, where the great Wahoo McDaniel played. He was our hero, the best player on the high-school team. Coach Thermon 'Tugboat' Jones, the legendary football coach, was in his heydey at Midland High School, and we spent fall Friday nights cheering Wahoo and his teammates at the football stadium."

This is a typical passage from this section about growing up in Texas. There was also an egregious number of observations about sand.

Everything in this chapter about the former president's boyhood is written in a manner that suggests every single person reading it will nod along with a wistful sigh at the shared nostalgia, as if undiluted privilege were not an anomaly but the universal mark of a Real American.

[From George Bush's A Charge to Keep, gifted to me by Deeky, because he hates me. In the US, all people who plan to run for president write a shitty book. (Some are less shitty than others, by which I mean the Democrats' books.) A Charge to Keep was George W. Bush's shitty I-wanna-be-president book, published in 1999. I am blogging one random quote per page every day until I have either made my way through the book or lost it behind a couch.]

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