Chapter 5, page 57: "Unbeknownst to me at the time, others who would become my closest friends had also moved to Midland that year. ...Joe O'Neill also moved home in 1975 after working for five years for an oil company in California. His dad had insisted he get training in the business elsewhere, before coming home to run the family company. 'Go make mistakes and learn the oil business on someone else's nickel,' Joe's dad had told him. That's what he did, and it's what Joe recommended I do when I arrived in Midland, ready to apply my Harvard business degree to the real world. 'Go work for a company, learn the business on their dime,' Joey said. I listened to that advice and rejected it. I hadn't gone to business school to work my way up a corporate ladder. If that had been my ambition, I would have stayed back east, gone to Wall Street or a Fortune 500 company. I wanted to be my own boss; Harvard had given me the tools and the confidence to do so."

Privilege and Balls indeed.

[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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