October 5, 1997 in Nation/World

He Was Bush-Whacked


Within days of selecting Dan Quayle for the 1988 vice presidential nomination, George Bush wrote in his diary, “I blew it.” In his new biography of the former president, “George Bush: The Life of a Lone Star Yankee,” historian Herbert S. Parmet says that as Quayle became the butt of jokes, Bush “did everything he could to show his confidence in the younger man.” But in his diary, Bush said, “It was my decision, and I blew it, but I’m not about to say that I blew it.” A Bush spokesman said the quote was taken out of context.

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