September 17th, 2007
03:10 PM ET
14 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 Ch√°vez, 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. Pasadena, CA

    Is it not sad that a former president that did nothing for his country in the 6 years he served to talk bad about the president of the best country in the world? Dont get me wrong, I want Bush and Dick out but at least they have unified the country in wanting them out of office. How can Fox be proudful of what he did for Mexico when he did nothing for the country. He tried to take on corruption and drug-lords and well all know what happened, nothing! Calderon on the other hand, right away sent the Military to tackle crime, drungs and the police. The police is more corrupt than anything else. When I go to Mexico I fear the police more than anything else. Fox should be asking for forgiveness instead of writing a book. Fox did nothing for his country and that is truelly sad.

    September 17, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. David Jaime, Tacoma, WA

    Did Vincinte Fox mean "cookiest" or "cokiest?" Either one probably fits. And apparently Mr Bush's english skills are about as good as his spanish ones

    September 17, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  3. Nougster, Boston, MA

    President Vicente Fox should have known better and kept his mouth shut on this. There is such things as decency and rules of ethiquette and curtesy vis-a-vis of foreign dignitaries. These sort of comments are unbecoming to a former head of state and does not, in anyway add to the debate on issues relevant to the welfare of Mexico and the United States.

    September 17, 2007 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Randy Minneapolis, MN

    I'm not surprised by President Fox's comments at all.

    September 17, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. Maria, Houston

    He is just pedling his book. Fox should be grateful for all idiotic decisions of our goverment which helped him and his kind to stay in power. From NAFTA to illegal immigration, mexican politicians are in no position to criticize anything and anyone in our country. In this case, enemies of our enemy are not our friends.

    September 17, 2007 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Craig

    After reading the promotional ad (aka interview) for Vicente Fox's book "Revolution of Hope" it is easy to see why Hollywood actors and members of the music industry have these outlandish press releases in order to sell more copies of their books and song tracks. Calling President Bush "cocky" is the leadership equivalent of calling him an absolutist president which historians will decide in the end. When Mr. Fox's administration informally legislated illegal immigration, had a drug cartel war at the border of the affected U.S. states, left behind unpaid bills, insults and general bad taste on official visits, using the term "cocky" just seems like an attempt to get more notoriety for his book than actual facts and credible information. About the Spanish being at a certain level, Mexico is known more for its Corona and Mayan ruins (featured in the file photo) than great Spanish so good luck with the book and please spare the world political assessments when his regime was just as scrutinized and criticized. Leave the "machismo" and the "chisme" (easily translated in English as macho and gossip) to the scholars and the media and Hope that your recorded revolution is actually something worth reading!

    September 17, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Anton , Chicago, Illinois

    I am no fan of W but Fox has no leg on which to stand when criticizing anyone. Bring the troops back home and put them where they belong ~ on the southern border of the US.

    September 17, 2007 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. Brad, Edin MN

    Fox saying a single word about immigration is pure comedy. You export your poor to the USA and cry foul when we enforce our laws. Yet when people cross your border to the south, you imprision them for 2 years!


    September 17, 2007 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  9. Marie, Seattle Washington

    Whoa, wait a minute. First of all, Fox cannot be blamed for the multitude of years of corruption of the Mexican Government and needless to say Mexican Citizens crossing over into "OUR" country illegaly. So, for those of you trying to make him look like a jacka__, forget it. Fox would not have been able to change years and years of corruption in just 6 years. Just like it will take us a few years to clean up Bush's mess that he created in his term. Now onto the rest, COCKY yes, and poor speaker, yup. Right on the money. Oh, did someone say "Money". My point exactly, it has always been about the $$$$ for Bush. Taking cheap shots at Fox is not going to fix the problems we have in our front yard. This is where we need to get it together people. Focus on the problem on hand, we are so judgemental and easy to point the finger, but what are doing about it? Instead of jumping at someone for not having many good things to say about our current leader, let's do something about it and remember it is an election year next year. Mandate your state for a fair voting process so we do not have another Florida incident. Let's UNITE not divide.

    September 17, 2007 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Jose Morales, El Paso, TX

    I think we should not give much imortance to this story and waste our time. Bush's presidency is done and so as Fox's. Lets worry about 2008, beyond Bush and how to stop the illegal war this man has started and bring the troops home.

    September 17, 2007 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Betsy, Ashville, Ohio

    He tortures both the English and Spanish languages and is embarrassment to Harvard. It's hard to believe he got accepted let alone graduate.

    As in the book, far as the accuser well no wonder they look like they got along so well.

    September 17, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Rich, Cliffside Park, NJ

    His spanish language skills put him on par with all the illegals' english skills in this country, eh, Foxie?

    September 17, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Jon S.

    I find it ironic that Bush considers himself to be a "God-fearing" man, considering the place he most assuredly will go for perpetrating this war upon the American people. And I don't mean the "up" escalator. It's a shame that he will be down on the ranch, clearing brush while brave Americans continue to die for his illegitimate war.

    September 17, 2007 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. John Dayton, OH

    Cocky and stupid are not good traits, in fact, I would consider them character flaws. How this imbecile got elected, twice even, I'll never understand. Unfortunately, it's a sad commentary on the gullibility and intelligence of alot of the American people.

    September 17, 2007 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. C. Mass, Washington D.C.

    "Revolution of Hope"...really?

    that's what you call the millions and millions of Mexicans who have illegally entered our country in hope of a better life since the country Vicente Fox led turned into a third world hellhole during his watch.

    I'm mystified at how he can be critical of Bush's immigration stance. We have unwillingly taken millions of impovershed Mexicans out of his country's social support system (at great benefit to their taxpayers and great detriment to ours). What does this guy want? For the U.S. government to bring busses into Juarez and Tijuana in order to pick up the millions of other Mexicans who want to escape poverty and carry them to a U.S. destination of their choice?

    Looking at the economic conditions of his country and the inability combat the drug trade tearing the country apart, I would have to rate his leadership skills as "grade school".

    Maybe President Bush should have used his grade school Spanglish to tell Fox "Usted es un Presidente malísimo"???

    September 17, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  16. G. Bush, Phoenix, Az

    I think that Mr. Fox forgot that he was with the U.S. president not someone that takes care of some Mexican territories and that Spanish is not our NATION language, just because 20 million illegal mexican live here we all need to speak Spanish correctly. Mr. Fox should take his arrogant hat off and teach most of his poor hardworking countrymen here how to speak and write their native tongue. Why a book did he steal enough from his country.

    September 17, 2007 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  17. English Prevails, RI

    Who cares about his Spanish skills or his stance on immigration? Bottom line, if you cannot speak English, go home. And, I am no fan of Bush.

    September 17, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Mrs. America

    Mexico can't make people stay in Mexico anymore than the U.S. could make people stay in the U.S. That's Cuba stuff.

    I wish I knew what Spanish word Fox used that is being translated as "cocky." Sounds absolutely accurate when it comes to Bush, but meanings do get mixed up in translations. Couldn't find anything about it on Mexican sites. Seems to be an issue only in the U.S.

    September 17, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  19. Kay, Las Vegas, NV

    I just have to laugh at some of the emails reflected on this post. So many have chastised our president regarding his English skills (or apparent lack of), yet have their own issues with punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Criticism is easy though...when you're the one doing the criticizing!

    September 17, 2007 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  20. stan pitts p.a

    Mexico will always be a third world country because of its corrupt leaders, and the export of its lowerclass and undereducated citizens does no good for America, we need to apply the laws on the books to reduce illegal immigration, we voted bush in... sorry folks we get to live another few months with our mistake, lastly the president of the United States has shown more class in attempting to learn and speak spanish, he does not owe fox that favor, i listened to fox one day and could barely understand a word he said in english, he is insulting and showing he was schooled in a third world country, hence no respect for his ex- political comrades be they of another country.

    September 17, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  21. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Senior Fox – how do you say "failed human rights" in Spanish? 12+ million flee Mexico for the US.... millions more living in desperate poverty... government corruption from the Federal to State to local magistrates.

    But Bush is cocky?

    September 17, 2007 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Nate, Minneapolis, MN

    Wow...tired of US citizens attacking our government, applauding other corrupt goverments and making Bush the evil. Disagree with our President (Republican, Democrat or Independent) but if you're convinced (mostly by the media and dumb articles like this) I encourage you to leave. You have the can still hate the US, just do it from afar.

    September 17, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  23. GB Indianapolis, IN

    Hey look, we're standing in front of a pyramid. How cute! How so New World Order of us! Thanks for failing to notice that you are all just serfs in our ever-expanding kingdom of sufferage and terror. Cocky? Arrogant? So what, you won't do anything about it...
    Get us out of this mess. Investigate the candidates and VOTE> preferably for non-CFR candidates. Er, well, there's only three or four out of the 16... Oh well, the tyranny continues...

    September 17, 2007 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |


    September 18, 2007 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  25. O. J. Las Vegas,NV

    i feel sorry for history's timing and Mr. Fox's election. He was the first non-PRI president elected in over 70 years; had to battle corruption that had been in place throughout Mexican government from the local to federal level WITHOUT a majority in his own legislature to engineer change with; was limited to but one 6 year term; and his early hopes and aspirations of coming to grips with the imigration problem were put on the back burner immediately by Pres. Bush after 09/11, frustrating him and guaranteeing his presidency to one of mediocrity. The Mexican people, on the other hand, expected miracles overnight, and were impatient and sadly disappointed. There was so much hope and potential there. . .

    September 18, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
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