President Bush is not just a decider, he's also a reader - And a prolific reader at that! He recently revealed that he has read not only Camus, but Three Shakespeares. I greatly enjoyed my Shakespeare classes at university, and am curious to get my hands on this book. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find a listing for it, and I can't really tell from the title what it's about.
Most interesting, though, is that if you watch the last bit of tape, Bush clearly refers to his having an "ecolectic reading list." Do you think this is some sort of top-secret code? Maybe that's why NBC edited it out of the transcript.
Okay, by far the funniest, though unintentionally, quote is Brian Williams asking Bush "How have you been read wrong?"
From a conversation between President Bush and Brian Williams:
WILLIAMS: We always talk about what you're reading. As you know, there was a report that you just read the works of a French philosopher. (Bush laughs)
BUSH: The Stranger.
WILLIAMS: Tell us the back story of Camus.
BUSH: The back story of the the book?
WILLIAMS: What led you to...
BUSH: I was in Crawford and I said I was looking for a book to read and Laura said you oughtta try Camus, I also read three Shakespeare's.
WILLIAMS: This is a change...
BUSH: Not really. Wait a minute.
WILLIAMS: A few months ago you were reading the life story of Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer.
BUSH: Which was a good book.
WILLIAMS: You've been on a Teddy Roosevelt reading kick.
BUSH: Well, I'm reading about the battle of New Orleans right now. I’ve got an eclectic reading list.
WILLIAMS: And now Camus?
BUSH: Well, that was a couple of books ago. Let me look. The key for me is to keep expectations low.
WILLIAMS: Is that what everyone doesn't get?
BUSH: I don't know, Brian, what they get or don't get. Here's the thing: The great thing about the presidency is that you are totally exposed. And people spend a lot of, particularly if you're making decisions, and hard decisions, people spend a lot of time, not only analyzing decisions, but analyzing the decision maker. And I understand that, but a president must never let that get him off track.
WILLIAMS: Even if you're frustrated that we're getting something wrong?
BUSH: You have to do what you, if we're getting something wrong, we change it.
WILLIAMS: How have you been read wrong?
BUSH: I don’t know. I frankly don't pay that much attention. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but…
WILLIAMS: Still not watching television, huh?
BUSH: I watched a good baseball game.