You can’t help when reading what follows to contrast Blair’s appraisal of George W. Bush with the view held by most Americans of Barack Hussein Obama:
Former U.S. President George W. Bush was a “true idealist” who displayed “genuine integrity and political courage,” former British prime minister Tony Blair reveals in his memoirs.
Detailing the close professional and personal relationship which developed between the two leaders in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks in the U.S. and during the build-up to the Iraq war in 2003, Blair writes that Bush was “very smart” while having “immense simplicity in how he saw the world.”
“Right or wrong, it led to decisive leadership… he sincerely believed in spreading freedom and democracy,” he writes in “A Journey;” which hit book stores in the UK on Wednesday.
Blair said the key to Bush’s political success was his “appeal as a normal guy.”
“You might not agree with him, but if you’re a voter, you would never think you would be uncomfortable or feel inadequate if you met him socially; you would think he’d be nice and easy with you,” he writes.
Bush had also displayed the most integrity of almost anyone he had met in politics, Blair says.
“I was asked recently which of the political leaders I had met had most integrity. I listed George near the top. He had genuine integrity and as much political courage as any leader I ever met,” he writes.
Only the mentally deranged or political psychophants could say the same today of Obama.