September 17th, 2007
03:10 PM ET
16 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

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soundoff (130 Responses)
  1. Colette w.:austin tx

    I do not understand people getting upset about leaders of other nations criticizing our leaders; especially since our own elected officials, including past Presidents and the present one, criticize leaders from other countries all the time! What is good for the goose is good gor the gander.

    And as for Mexico being a Narco-state, it wouldn't be if it were not for us consuming close to 80% of all illegal drugs with only three to four percent of the world's population.

    September 18, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. laurinda, shokan,ny

    Fox called Bush "the cockiest guy I ever met", well I never met Bush, but everyday I have to live with this mess he created and I can sure think of many more phrases than that to call him.

    September 19, 2007 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Curt Stolpe Sioux City IA

    Why shouldn't Bush be cocky? He's the President of The United States of America! Not the crooked dictator of a broken country wih a corupt government which depends on exporting it's excess population to survive. Maybe Bush knew who he was talking to.

    October 9, 2007 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  4. Jesse, MIlwaukee WI

    I never thought that just for a simple comment from a guy ex president to another guy who is president boiled so much all of you and make you all squeezed your truly hidden issues... Let's start working all together and learn from those guys mistakes to be better people, then We vote for better people to sit in congress and senate, so hopefully We all can choose a better P R E S I D E N T S ... just think about it, don't be a part of the problem, be a problem solver people... simple english

    October 9, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  5. AF, SATX

    Mr. Fox .............we just can't take you seriously anymore!
    Your time in Los Pinos was a broken promise from day cero!......sorry!

    October 10, 2007 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
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