September 15th, 2009
06:01 PM ET
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Bush on Obama: 'This guy has no clue'

Bush on Obama: 'This guy has no clue'.
Bush on Obama: 'This guy has no clue'.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former President George W. Bush "seemed to feel considerable unease" with John McCain as the Republican presidential nominee, according to ex-speechwriter Matt Latimer in his tell-all memoir on his days in the White House.

In Latimer's new book, "Speech-less: Tales of a White House Survivor," set to hit bookstores on September 22, he reveals Bush's reactions to the economic collapse, the presidential campaign, and other memorable events. GQ published an excerpt from the memoir in its October issue.

Latimer said Bush liked Mitt Romney best and that he was "clearly not impressed with the McCain operation." Latimer said the former president wanted to appear with McCain at a campaign event in Phoenix, but after he was told the then-Republican nominee couldn't get enough people to show up, he called it a "cruel hoax."

"'He couldn't get 500 people? I could get that many people to turn out in Crawford.' He shook his head. 'This is a five-spiral crash, boys.'"

Bush presumed Hillary Clinton would be the Democratic nominee, according to Latimer, and was extremely critical of Barack Obama. Latimer said Bush was "ticked off" after one of Obama's speeches and he said the future president wasn't "remotely qualified" for the challenges of the job.

"(Bush) came in one day to rehearse a speech, fuming. 'This is a dangerous world,' he said for no apparent reason, 'and this cat isn't remotely qualified to handle it. This guy has no clue, I promise you,'" Latimer said.

Latimer also made the controversial assertion that after Sarah Palin was tapped as McCain's running mate, Bush reportedly asked whether she was "the governor of Guam" and said that she was "not even remotely prepared." A former Bush and Palin aide has challenged the accuracy of the charge.


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  1. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Suffering from self projection as usual!

    September 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  2. Karen Saucedo

    Obama "not remotely qualified for THE job"... coming from Dumbya, that is a compliment.

    Now, why doesn't he slink away so we can finally be at peace after the decade of damage he caused???

    September 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  3. Cruzan Obama Mama

    The only thing Bush had to get him the job of the POTUS was the last name "Bush." Whether he wants to face it or not, he was the worst & most dangerous President in history.

    All the Repubs on this chain are so ridiculous. Pres. Obama is cleaning up the mess that Bush left. McCain did not have the slightest clue about economics & he was going to help us how? Are you kidding me? Come to the table with ideas or don't come at all....all your party can say is "NO."

    Everyone is candy coating the condition Bush left this country in and blaming Pres. Obama. Most of the things these Repubs are complaining and protesting about were put into place by Bush. Throw your hatred and complaints to the right person....here's a clue he is in Texas & and his name rhymes with PUSH!!!!

    September 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  4. Drew

    People keyword is qualifications. While most people criticize Bush for the past 8 years. At the same time period in Bushs administration, 9/11 just occurred. Everything he did has been overshadowed by that and the two wars. Bush has endured a lot in 8 years so he has something what only 42 people in the last 200 something years have: EXPERIENCE OF BEING PRESIDENT. While he may have not been the greatest he does know what he is talking about.

    September 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Lisa - VA

    You Obama HATERS make me SICK...there is no reasoning with you. I believe God takes care of EVERYTHING..and I believe in my heart God is watching of President Obama. SO say want you want to say..President Obama has done more for this country in eight months than George W. Bush had done in the eight years he ran this country. President Obama needs to "brush his shoulders off"..and let God handle his enemies.

    September 15, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. Erin, laughing hysterically

    Wow!!! This coming from a guy who congratulated Brown on the job he did on Katrina, drove this country into the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression, got WAY over his head in two wars, one of which he started using 9/11 as an excuse (I still don't get how more people aren't offended at how he took advantage of 9/11 to get into a totally unrelated war in Iraq) and turned America into a country that other countries' politicians had to turn away from in order to become elected. And I'm not talking about Russia here; I'm talking about many of our former allies in Europe.

    This is a guy who did the most unamerican thing possible and defended torture.

    If THAT guy says Obama doesn't know how to be president, then, well...that may be the best endorsement Obama could have.

    September 15, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Chris harris

    George Bush talking about someone else having No Clue, now that's funny.

    September 15, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Keith in Austin

    Aptly put W!!!!

    September 15, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  9. nathaniel

    Bush was unqualified and I thought we'd learn our lessons about the dangers of unqualified presidents and elect McCain in 2008. Terrible politician, great man. By the way recessions are natural. We don't need to assign blame to anyone. I don't blame Nancy Pelosi for the recession.

    September 15, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. Allen

    I don't like bush. But I have to agree with him on obama. obama has NO CLUE what he is doing. Thats pretty apparent. We can only hope that these 4 years goes very fast for our nation.

    September 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    $1.8 trillion later..., Americans are waking up and beginning to question the progressively liberal media's agenda.

    September 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. Dennis The Ruler

    Bush is right and wrong.

    Obama's presidency has been competely horrible. Universal health care reform will failure because it has been pushed for too long.

    However, Bush must realize his mistakes.

    September 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Proud Member..Party of No

    And, of course, now we all know what Bush knew then.....the amateur community organizer isn't qualified to run a lemonade stand let alone the presidency.

    September 15, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Kelly, MD

    History will prove George Bush wrong. History has already said that he is the 7th Worst President Ever. Do you think I care what the 7th Worst President Ever has to say. Right, I do not. GW should take his meds and leave politics to others. Paticularly since he butchered our beloved Constitution.

    Here's a thought, since he doesn't have anything to do but run his trap he can suit up and go fight in Iraq–his favorite place.

    September 15, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. Jeff in FL

    Anyone who says Bush was the worst president clearly wasn't around for, or hasn't done any research on Jimmy Carter....

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  16. Chris

    Clueless are you folks on here falling for another CNN stunts!!! Where in this article did the guy mention the word Clueless?
    CNN is always out to spin a story!!!!
    Mind you I'm not a GWB fan, but there is no need to spin a story!!!

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. PhilNick

    oh ya thats right dennis... it doesn't matter what total utter garbage the govt supports as long as their message is coherent right?... sounds a bit like the GOP to me!

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. David S. Robins

    Hee, hee, hee. This is to funny. The most clueless president in American history says Barack Obama is "clueless." Too funny. Thanks again, George, for reminding how stupid you are.

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Cliff

    Bush never had a clue.

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  20. phoenix86

    W is absolutely right. Obama wasn't remotely qualified. Unfortunately, Obama is STILL unqualified.

    September 15, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. tee

    Amazing
    Sorry to bust your bubble....Hillary was no more qualified then President obama......the election proved she was less qualified.....as for Bush speaking about President Obama.......give me a break....he was less qualified then both......having a daddy as President does not make you qualified.....we get on Bush for the things he has done.....you guys get on President Obama for what you think he's going to do and what you think the out come will be.......your wish for his failure is just that a WISH

    September 15, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. Beef King

    Obama makes me miss Bush. Unbelievable that Obama is the best the Demorats can offer America.
    Who will lead in 2012? Neither party can offer anyone worthy. Who?

    September 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  23. Willy Brown

    By George you are right!

    September 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  24. Rob Johnson

    George Bush thinks Obama was under-qualified to be President?

    Considering that Texas is a "weak Governor" state where the Governor doesn't have a lot of real power, Bush was no more qualified than Obama.

    George W Bush calling someone else's resume weak? Priceless.

    September 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  25. Just Me

    Bush is in no position to question anyones intellegence. That's simply illogical. Someone fooled him and told him he was smart. Perhaps it was Cheney, but whomever it was, they lied to him..big time.

    September 15, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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