Bill Clinton gives a rave review to George W. Bush memoir

Clinton-BushImage Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images; John Parra/Getty ImagesShowing a little bit of solidarity among ex-presidents, Bill Clinton turned one of his famously emphatic thumbs to the “up” position for George W. Bush’s new memoir, USA Today reports. The former commander-in-chief and Zach Galifianakis co-star complimented his successor’s book, Decision Points, in a statement: “Decision Points is well-written, and interesting from start to finish. I think people of all political stripes should read it. George W. Bush also gives readers a good sense of what it’s like to be president, to take the responsibilities of the office seriously, do what you think is right, and let history be the judge. The book may not change the minds of those who disagree with decisions President Bush made, but it will help you to understand better the forces that molded him, and the convictions that drove him to make those decisions.”

Clinton’s own memoir, My Life, was released in 2004 and became a massive bestselling success. Decision Points’ sales have been slower by comparison. What do you think, Shelf-Lifers? Does Clinton’s imprimatur make some of you more willing to give Bush’s book a try? Could the whole thing possibly have something to do with this?

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  • Chris

    I’m interested in reading it. I disagree with just about every decision he made as president but he was in office during some pretty huge moments and would love to read his take on events.

    • Ed

      I couldn’t have said it better myself…I’m waiting for my copy to arrive from Amazon.

  • Julie

    I agree with you, Chris. I’m not a Bush fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m interested in seeing how he viewed the events during his Presidency. I’d also like to see how (or if) he defends many of the decisions he made.

  • Clete

    Interesting. Along side the posts is your todays pick “The Emperor of All Maladies.”

    I’m sure that wasn’t planned.

  • Mole

    Actually, this does sort of make me more interested in reading it. Lately I’ve been trying to diversify the sources of the information I receive, and Bush’s firsthand take on some pretty dramatic events both political and cultural would probably be pretty interesting.

  • Flyer

    Considering the amount of Bush’s book that was plagiarized from previously published books and newspaper articles, I’ve no desire to reward this “C student” for cheating his way onto the bestseller list. The book was supposed to give readers insight into Bush’s mindset when he made tough presidential decisions. Instead, it seems like the only insight Bush gives us into his psyche is that he’s definitely a “least amount of work for the biggest amount of return” kind of guy.

    • Leon

      Flyer: You must have graduated from Harvard because you think everyone is dumber than you, or maybe you dropped out and are jealous of the rest of us because you have to work in the Koolaid Factory.

  • SaraJean

    Sorry but I’m not interested in reading, because I don’t believe he wrote the words to explain his actions in the book.. just as I don’t believe he was behind all those idiotic decisions in his presidency. He’s just an average guy surrounded by advisers.

  • Kay

    It is funny Flyer that you accuse Mr Bush of plagarizing words from other works who took his words to write what they wrote? Did you get that or was it too tough for you. HIS WORDS

  • John Melnor

    I will definitely give it a read… I too disagreed with much of Bush’s decisions at the time but perhaps the book will help explain why many of these decisions were made. Furthermore Obama doesn’t seem to be the “big change” we had all hoped for making Bush look better each day.

  • Henry Walker

    OMG, do you see whats taking place in Syria? Despite a brutal government crackdown, the manifestations continue

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