September 17th, 2007
03:10 PM ET
7 years ago

Former Mexico pres. calls Bush 'cockiest guy I've ever met'

Fox and Bush, pictured in 2006, appeared to enjoy a warm relationship.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The two leaders shared a border for six years, but former Mexico President Vicente Fox gives a tough assessment on President Bush in a new book out next month, according to U.S. News and World Report.

In "Revolution of Hope," set to hit book stores October 4, Fox calls Bush "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life," and is sharply critical of the president's Iraq policy and his immigration stance, according to the magazine.

Though he describes warm relations with Bush, Fox in the book also calls the president's Spanish skills "grade-school" level and says, "I can't honestly say that I had ever seen George W. Bush getting to the White House."

In addition to Bush, Fox also sounds off on his "close but rocky relationships" with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Venezuela President Hugo Chávez, according to the books Publisher, Penguin.

Fox served as Mexico's president from 2000-2006.

The autobiography is co-written by Robert Allyn, a Texas-based political consultant who has advised both Fox and Bush.

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: President Bush
soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Chris Myers, Buffalo NY

    Wow, Bush's Spanish skills are grade school level? Well. gee, i America that should matter?

    Fox didn't like Bush's immigration policies? Gee, maybe because if it were not for the illegals propping up the mexican economy by sending home billions of dollars as a result of their criminal activity by being employed as illegals his country would collapse.

    Bush at least made an effort to learn Spanish, unlike the poor Fox shoved across the border who refuse to speak English.

    Time to place the Army on the border and let's see what Fox says about Mexico having an economy lower than Cuba.

    September 17, 2007 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  2. T.C Minneapolis Minnesota

    Wait a minute – -isn't George W Bush one of THE ONLY supporters of Mexican immigration and work visas and such? In other words, isn't GW trying to get Mexicans in this country to work LEGALLY so they can actually help our economy, pay taxes like everyone else WHILE supporting their families in Mexico, so that Mexico doesn't actually fall to pieces? Don't bite the hand that feeds you, arrogant FOX!

    September 17, 2007 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. Withheld to protect the not-so-innocent

    It will be interesting to see what Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has to say about dubya in her memoirs.

    But lets face it, like him or not, he's OUR cocky, ignorant, non-spanish speaking, moronic, chancellor-groping, criminally negligent President. Not Spains, or Germany's or Texas's. Okay, maybe Texas. He ours. So Vincente, keepa your hands offa. We'll not have our glorious POTUS lambasted by furiners!

    September 17, 2007 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  4. Cat Skoor, Mountlake Terrace WA

    I'm not surprised that President Bush only knows "grade school" Spanish. His command of the English language is at grade school level too!

    September 17, 2007 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. trent porter, tx

    of course bush is cocky – he's been filthy rich his entire life and is absolutely disconnected with hard working Americans – is this any surprise?

    September 17, 2007 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Randy Hurst San Francisco, California 94121

    He is the mouse that roared.

    September 17, 2007 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Amber, Chicago IL

    Did anyone else notice that this man does not mention one successful polictical relationship in the entire article. So they big picture here is not what this man thinks of Bush, but that he obviously was not a good leader period. I mean, if he was, his constituents would not be running like hades to live in the country run by a man with poor Spanish skills. Seriously people...he is whinning because he wasn't able to do anything with his poor and sad people except export them!

    September 17, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. Moe, NY

    It is just quite possible the Bush is the "cockiest guy" Fox has ever met. I am certainly no fan of Bush and favor impeachment as far as he is concerned. However, who does Fox think he is? Perhaps if he and the current Mexican government officials concentrated on making their country one in which their citizens could earn a living and actually want to stay then America would not have the immigration problems it is facing. This man has no room to talk! From what I hear and read...corruption is the name of the game in Mexican government. I believe that Mexico should clean up its own act before condeming other countries.

    September 17, 2007 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Duane, Stroud, Oklahoma (from BC Canada)

    Many years ago, as an American businessman resident in Mexico, I had the opportunity to meet Vicente Fox. He was an intelligent, courteous, polished and decent fellow with no obvious personality defects including a desire to enter politics. He held a real job, and was very successful at it. Bush, whom I have never met, appears to be suffering from substanced abuse or something, has limited business qualifications, and yet still had the opportunity to be a great president. He has fouled it all up with his lack of diplomacy and "cockiness". A fact which I am glad to see Fox put into words. Fox, may have been corrupt to a degree, but much he was a lot better in every respect than previous Mexican presidents. Bush. on the other hand, lowered the level of dignity, sportsmanship and worldwide respect in a very serious and unforgivable manner. As one who voted to Bush I apologize for my part in his presidency. Summary: I respect Fox and do not respect Bush. This is the first time in my 76 years that I could say that.

    September 17, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Jack E. Jett

    All these negative things coming out in book for about Bush is the very same information that has been on the blogs from day one.

    This is another case of the mainstream media and the publishing biz is about
    10 years behind the public.

    CNN is still acting as if Britney Spears and O.J. Simpson are bigger news than the killing of innocent Iraqis by our soilders.

    September 17, 2007 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Mrs. America

    Mr. Fox should be saying nice things about Mr. Bush. After all, thanks to the Bush administration, Mexico is no longer the most politically crooked country in the world because the U.S. took over that honor. As to Bush's Spanish skills, all Fox is saying is that Bush's Spanish isn't very good. Some former right hand man to Bush said the same thing. They may be suggesting Bush shouldn't pretend to be fluent in a language of which he has little command. That goes for Bush's English as well.

    Fox is a charismatic guy who put Mexico on the world map as far as industry with Europe. But right–he was not an effective president on domestic issues.

    September 17, 2007 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Chencho Huaraches, Rincon, Guanajuato

    I think the swipes at Fox in this thread about exporting immigrants to the US are naive. Let's take into account that Americans snort up, inhale, inject and however else illegals (drugs, that is) are ingested into the human body on such a global-leading scale that it corrupts Latin American governments, honest politicians and policies. This leaves Latin American people in the margins to provide for their families "by any means necessary". And let's get real, who are the real "drug lords"?

    September 17, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Jack E. Jett:

    U.S. troops are NOT killing innocent Iraqis. On the contrary, these brave souls are trying to bring democracy to a nation that was ruthlessly brutalized by a bloody dictator for over 3 decades.

    Your comments are despicable and border on treason.

    September 17, 2007 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Rurik, St. Paul, MN

    I find it interesting that so many former employees, peers, and cohorts of our 'Idiot in Chief' tell us what an incompetent bumbler he is. I also find it interesting that so many of our conservatives are still trying to peddle this failed president as anything other than the petulant, uneducated bully he is.

    September 17, 2007 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Jerome Bulkan

    Who cares what Vicente Fox writes about George W. Bush. He did nothing to improve the Mexican economy and shows his clildish personality when Americans complain about the wave of economic refugees from Mexico. Rather than spending his time to critize the American president, he should have improved Mexico City's International airport, lowered taxes, fight corruption in his security & police forces and in Mexsico's bureaucracy. Mexico and the Mexican people deserve better leaders to solve problems rather than leaders like Fox seeking to deflect attention elsewhere by critizing other leaders. Fox is a failed Mexican President and hopefully some Mexican writer and publish a book about his failed presidency.

    September 17, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Dave Harler, Reedley California

    Why Should our President be fluent in "Spanish?

    And it seems to me he should look in the mirror. He has taken a swipe at several major leaders and he is from a nation of poverty. Who does HE think he is???

    September 17, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. AM, DC

    Can't wait to buy the book.
    Fox is awesome !

    Go Fox ... !

    September 17, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. pl. at the UN for a while.

    Here we go again with the sacrifice of bringing Western-style democracy to an Arab country.

    As to the Fox-Bush affair...This is one of those rare times when...really...I should not "butt-in" in your politics.

    September 17, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. David, Encinitas, CA

    Thomas from FL:
    You can't "bring democracy" to anyone. They have to fight for it themselves. As far as treason is concerned, until the Constitution is amended to take away the right to free speech, all political speech is fully protected, no matter how much you may disagree with the content. That's one of the many advantages of the democracy you wish to force down Iraq's throat.

    September 17, 2007 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Grovin, Darnassus, IL

    Powell, Fox, Greenspan... it's nice to see that all the conservatives feel they can finally "come out of the closet" with their true feelings about this moron after they retire from public life. More retirements just mean more bad press for the most crooked President in our history, as more and more of the truth comes out.
    Welcome aboard, Vinny!

    September 17, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. Dianne Underwood, Melrose, FL

    Talk about a cocky SOB!!! Wasn't he the one who demanded we have water places set aside for his people passing illegally into the US? Didn't he make sure brocures were put out telling his people what to do to get into OUR country illegally?

    September 17, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  22. Peg, Brookeland, Texas

    Bush is the most misunderstood US President in recent history.

    September 17, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  23. Cable King Pittsburgh Pa

    To Thomas from St. Pete,

    Your self-righteous attitude is short sighted. Of course our troops are killing innocent Iraquis. As a matter of fact some of them are even fragging each other. The point is that happens in all wars whether righteous or not.

    Just reasons why war should be a last resort.

    As for bringing a democracy to Iraq, that's our choice not theirs.

    September 17, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. Veronica, Stamford, CT

    Dubya Cocky? Bush is more like a spoiled, petulent child who needs a good old-fashioned SPANKING.

    September 17, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  25. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    David of Encinitas, CA:

    You are right; the Iraqis are not fighting to help our troops liberate Iraq. I stand corrected.

    Cable King of Pittsburgh, PA:

    Our troops are making every effort NOT to kill innocent civilians. I believe our brave troops deserve our support and respect and nothing less.

    The Iraqi War WAS a last resort. The U.N. gave Saddam 12 years and 17 resolutions to comply with the treaty HE SIGNED that ended the Gulf War of 1991.

    September 17, 2007 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
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