Me Talk Presidential One Day

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Former President George W. Bush

Former President George W. Bush


Matt Latimer worked as one of Dubya’s speechwriters during the president’s final twenty-two months in office. He was there to help sell the surge to a skeptical public. He was there as we pretended that the fundamentals of the economy were strong. And he was there to see a president who failed to grasp his own $700 billion bailout package—even as he was pitching it to the American public on live TV. A disillusioned insider reveals for the first time just how messy things got

GQ Style/Matt Latimer—As a speechwriter for George W. Bush during the final years of his presidency, I’d seen crises and controversies. But nothing prepared me for the imminent collapse of America’s free-market system.

I was in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building with another speechwriter, a young man named Jonathan. (His last name was Horn; the president nicknamed him Horny.) We were chatting casually when the president’s favorite speechwriter came in. Chris Michel was in his midtwenties, with sandy blond hair. He was usually chipper, though at the moment his face was so pale he must have been the whitest man in the Bush White House. And that was no small accomplishment. Chris had just come from a secret meeting in the Oval Office, and without so much as a hello he announced: “Well, the economy is about to completely collapse.”

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5 responses to “Me Talk Presidential One Day

  1. hershelwellingtoniv

    To be honest, a collapse was coming (in my opinion due to our debt-based monetary system), but no one knew it was gonna happen when it did. A lot of blame has been placed on Bush for it but to be honest we should be looking at the banks and other corporation also (i.e. JP Morgan Chase).

  2. Does W just add a “Y” to everyones name for a nickname? (Browny, Horny)

    Did he call Cheney “Dicky”?? 🙂

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