September 16th, 2009
06:38 PM ET
soundoff (226 Responses)
  1. dave

    A lot of people have lost convidence in the media.They do not like the bias coming from Cnn and its sister network Fox.Most people watch BBC and the daily show and msnbc.Cnn is a joke they are overexposed with bias reporting.

    September 16, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Karen - Missouri

    What I'm MOST disgusted with lately is the sleezy, tabloid news. It's not "news"...just tabloid gossip stuff trying to rile citizens. The book is nonsense and probably will only be bought by die-hard Republicans who WANT to believe the worst in others. So why does the media now have to be book critic experts?

    Another author trying to make a buck. Poor reading material. Who cares what Bush says now? No one is going to listen or read.

    September 16, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Trevor

    I agree with Carville! These "tell-all" books are so stupid... he's just trying to make a buck.

    September 16, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. SF Serg

    What should you expect when an incompetent administration hires the wrong people? An ex-employee will write a tell-all book at your expense to make a fortune. What else? Bush is right, Obama does not have a clue on how Washington lobbying and corruption works.

    September 16, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. ggb

    If Obama had applied for the CEO position of a corporation, he would not have been hired. Can anyone honestly say a freshman senator, previously a community organizer, with a poor voting record, not on any senate committees of importance, nor ever set foot in the WH was qualified to lead this country. NO. I have to agree he was a poor choice just because he had no experience anywhere and he has proved it.

    September 16, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. Anna

    Does CNN Comment Policy allow both sides of an issue or just their own?

    September 16, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. Typical Republican

    Bush was a great President, except when he is compared to any other president in all of history in all countries. But let's not get that picky, it's not fair to compare him to REAL presidents.

    Hey, he got us attacked in less then 9 months. Obama can't say he accomplished that. All he's done is turn around a recession, save wall street, keep a roof over 400k families heads and save one million jobs. Bush however, eradicated 3000 democratic voters in new york in less then 9 months in office. Now I call that a really good president.

    September 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Minnesotan

    Carville is wrong (and creepy looking). We want and need to see how our "leaders" really are. Otherwise, it's just another case of the 'victors writing the history books' and truth is soon forgotten. In addition, I thought we lived in a society where we value free speech. If we can survive delusional comments about 'Death Panels,' 'birth certificates,' and whatever else comes from the rabid right, we can certainly survive learning that Bush was truly the idiot we all though he was.

    September 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Mark

    Who cares what this welfare wanting liberal says?

    September 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. Margaret

    Good God, I never thought I'd say this, but I've give ANYTHING to have President Bush back.

    I am so sick of the insults and race baiting.

    September 16, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    BY REALISTIC: "But what do you expect, people buy Ann Coulters books and if she could sell books than anyone can make money selling garbage. "

    Really? I challenge you to put together a SINGLE argument against ANY point she makes in ANY of her books that is cited as well and as factually accurate as her work.

    You can dislike the woman, dislike what she says, disagree with her conclusions (although considering how we she backs up her arguments that's probably not a great idea), but to dismiss her credibility and intelligence is a HUGE mistake and show of ignorance.

    Then again, I'm sure your freshman English Comp. professor's opinion is MUCH more impressive...

    September 16, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. Diana

    oh please..this coming from a man who insists on saying "nuculer". HA

    September 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. andy

    Ahhh..listen to the liberals.. They say don't call people names or talk bad about the president and they start calling Bush an idiot, liar dweebs,, James Carville is an idiot extreme and we all know Obama is a liar. Liberals serve no purpose but pollute good air. So take the green stuff out of your liberal pipes and smoke that.

    September 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. trying to be reasonable in WV

    Carville is right, and he sure does manage to voice his opinion, well, colorfully. It doesn't matter if one admires or despises EITHER Bush or Obama: POTUS needs a place to talk that's off the record, just like the rest of us.

    Bush and Obama seem to manage to be decent and civil to each other. Too bad most of the rest of America can't seem to manage the same thing. Sad to say, we are an ungovernable bunch of spoiled, loudmouth idiots (Exhbitis A and B: Joe Wilson and Van Jones).

    September 16, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  15. evie

    I agree with Carville. Presidents should be allowed to speak honestly as much as possible (especially within their close circle). Unless the public stops buying these books, this will continue to happen. I think Bush did a dis-service to this country for 8 years (and the majority of us allowed it to happen). Now those same people are expecting Obama to undo in less than one year what it took Bush and an entire army of blindly selfish politicians to do in eight years. But, I matter how horrible Bush was as President, this aide should not write a tell all. Just shouldn't do it. Bad taste..Bad taste.

    September 16, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Neil K, CA

    While I'm no fan of President Bush, I am very tired of the Office of the President being treated with such disrespect. James Carville is right. Private conversations between a president and his staff are crucial to the operation of that office, and disclosing them in order to make a quick buck is the lowest of low. Bravo to you, Mr. Carville.

    Unless the conversation pertains to breaking the law, it should remain private for as long as the president who was in the conversation is alive.

    September 16, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. ann lord

    Carville speaks the truth. I can't see Bush calling any man a "cat". If he did or if it was the author fabricating his memory of the conversation, no white man from the south would call any white man a "cat". Smells racist if he did......just saying........

    September 16, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. Mark A. Baker

    Not surprising at all. Loyalty means a great deal to James Carville.

    September 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Cecilia Watson

    I'm with Carville. Let's not give the dude any credit for remembering what Bush said or didn't say. First of all, who cares what Bush said or thought, he's ancient history. And what happens in the White House should stay in the White House.

    September 16, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. centerleft

    So, far what is reported in the book, The Republicans were clueless in the economy meltdown. And now the Republicans are still clueless from Health care to the Economy. Their lastest stunt let's attack Czar's not fix any problems.

    September 16, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  21. Ken Williams

    Carville, is nothing but a side show attraction left over from the 90s. He can't stand the fact he's washed up and crys out for attention whenever he can.

    September 16, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  22. CJG

    Carville again the voice of reason....

    We all know what was bad about Bush (his torture loving cronies) (his unpaid for war)I(running the economy in the ground)(his ego)(his inability to convey correct grammer or words) and we all know what was right about Bush , ugh (Laura comes to mine) (homeland securuty) (his parents)(his comic relief)give me more time and I might think of more!
    We do not need to know what he said in his off moments(most of his moments were off though) but for a trusted aide to write a book at his expense , is pretty awful. I would not even believe half of it!

    ( homeland security

    September 16, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  23. JonDie

    What's to tell? Massive greed and massive incompetence literally marked EVERYTHING Bush & company did from Nov. 2000 to Jan. 2009.

    September 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  24. I told you so

    That is probably the only smart thing Bush has said in his entire life.

    September 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  25. MLH

    Carville is right. Latimer has no business spinning this yarn. I'm not interested in whether it is true or not. Don't care. It doesn't add or detract from the history of Bush's eight years in office.

    September 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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