Maureen Dowd has a purpose and it’s not to be political
Her review essay of GWB‘s memoir is not discursive, it’s more gossipy as I would expect. But she gets a feel of authenticity by including a story of GWB and Stephen Harper, the PM of Canada offsetting her negative view of GWB and his presidency in pungent words as below:
When W. could have acted to try to prevent real disasters — Osama’s attack on 9/11, the fiend’s escape at Tora Bora, the financial meltdown — he was oblivious. When he jumped in pre-emptively, as in Iraq, it was because he and Cheney had conjured up fake disasters out of their own paranoia and obsession with proving their toughness.
Yet if W.’s decision-making leaves something to be desired, his story-telling is good. He writes of a visit to Russia, when Putin showed him his black Labrador, Koni. “Bigger, stronger, and faster than Barney,” Putin bragged.
Later, when W. recounted this to Stephen Harper, the Canadian prime minister, Harper drolly noted, “You’re lucky he only showed you his dog.”
Gosh, I never realized that Harper actually had even a jaded sense of humour!
- Op-Ed Columnist: ‘Blindsided’: A President’s Story (nytimes.com)
- Maureen Dowd Thinks Newt Gingrich Is Putting America At Risk (mediaite.com)
- David Denby Clearly Has Big Crush on Maureen Dowd [Men In Glasses] (gawker.com)