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. Dean

    Bush may not have been the smartest president but he was sure bright enough to have Obama figured out.

    September 15, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. GOPer

    Please. By the end of the Bush error, most Americans were "clearly not impressed" with the operational incompetence of the Bush administration. A "cruel hoax," indeed.

    Bush's numerous disasters (Iraq, Katrina, economic collapse, etc.) showed he was not "remotely qualified" for the challenges our country faced.

    Then, Bush projects on Palin by alleging she's governor of Guam? "This guy has no clue." Pot meet kettle.

    September 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  3. woah

    im actually starting to like this guy .. why couldnt he be this intelligent during his actual presidency

    September 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. Magoo

    HA! Bush calling someone else unqualified. Unqualified to lie to the country blatantly. Bush really deserved to be yelled at "YOU LIE".

    September 15, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  5. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    talk about cluless, that would be Bush, I hear his book will soon be available at Barnes and Nobel, Borders, and Toys R US. But wait there's more, it comes with a free box of crayolas, ha, ha, ha ha,

    September 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Yeah, good one George. History will show who was qualified......

    W was an unmitigated disaster – domestic and foreign.

    September 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Pete

    Bush proved for eight years just how unqualified HE was. He started off by letting us get attacked because he ignored explicit warnings, started a war against a country that had NOTHING to do with the attack on ours, and then grew government and the deficit to unprecedented levels using the attack that he did nothing to prevent as the excuse. Then, through tax cuts for the wealthy, the unfunded war and allowing big business and banks to do whatever they pleased (and to heck with the rest of us) he drove our economy off a cliff—the whole time shredding the Constitution. All in all a good eight years' work, huh? He apparently was right about Palin's preparedness however.

    September 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. Ben in Oil City

    President Bush doesn't think President Obama is quailfied? Would that be the same guy who was mediocre in collage, a failed businessman, and a proven rotten President. That pretty much trashed to Constitution and allowed his thieving contemptoraries to run our national economy into a very near Depression. That President Bush?

    September 15, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  9. DJW

    hahahahah this is the funniest article yet on CNN– So Bush thought he was remotely prepared hahahahahahah OFLMAO hahahahahah

    September 15, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. alicia

    LOL.....Bush has alot of nerve. This explains alot. He could not even speak a cohesive sentence and stumbled around.

    Considering his life was a complete cocaine and Jack Daniel fog until he wakes up to see the Lord one day.

    I love how the likes of Bush and Palin have the nerve to judge such an intellectual mind as President Obama.

    Bush looked out of place at Ted Kennedy's funeral. All the other Presidents, Republican or Democrat before Bush had brains at least.

    September 15, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. carole

    Where's Bin Laden Dubya? Do you have a clue on that?

    Oh yea, torture and lying for WMDs.......that's Dubya the Dufus.

    September 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. mkn

    That comment from the Worst President EVER???
    That is hysterical.

    September 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Bush sure had the right take on Obama, he does not have a clue. Our lives are in danger while he makes nice with the unions and ACORN.

    September 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. kapinhotatl

    Seriously, this coming from George W. Bush is credible? Give me a break! Can he even spell qualified???

    September 15, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  15. naicho

    Which one is worse: not being remotely qualified or not being remotely prepared?

    September 15, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  16. Ed

    So says the WORST president of all time.... what a FOOL BUSH IS.

    September 15, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  17. Wake Up

    Bush is right. Obama isn't remotely qualified. We all knew that. What we didn't realize is that he is a liar as well. Not knowing what he's doing and a liar...is a bad combo.

    September 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  18. Robert

    If I were in a position to do so, I would point out to Bush the absolute irony of him calling anyone unqualified to be the president. But then, I'm not so sure he'd know what irony means. Obama doesn't have a clue? Really? Then how is it that after 6+ months, he's already begun to clean up your messes that you left behind?

    George W. Bush was an absolute embarrassment to have as a president, and moreover, HE was the one who was clearly unqualified to be president; that's why he had to be appointed president rather than let the American people decide. What a joke. And speaking of cruel hoaxes, we sure are glad the cruel hoax that was the 43rd president of the United States is over...

    September 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  19. Mary ohio

    And he bush had a clue?

    September 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Steph

    No, dear former president, you have no clue!

    September 15, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    Bush got this one right too. He was right about Palin, McCain's campaign and Obama's qualifications.

    September 15, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. vickest

    It takes one to know one.

    September 15, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Kim

    Dubya said Obama wasn't remotely qualified to be President? Please excuse me while I roll around on the floor laughing my head off.

    September 15, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Doc SteveO

    If anyone would know about not being qualified, I would guess George Bush would be the resident expert on that issue.

    September 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. DanB

    And baby Bushie had a clue?
    Dude never had ANY business beeing anywhere NEAR the Whitehouse... Not too mention his gang that methodically abondoned the Constitution.

    September 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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