Bush: Palin Isn’t Qualified to be President


george-w-bushTwo years of retirement haven’t dulled George W. Bush’s political zest – and President Obama and Sarah Palin are among his under-the-radar targets. The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska govern isn’t qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform.”Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man,” a Republican official familiar with Bush’s thinking told the Daily News.

“He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin.”

As he prepares for the Tuesday launch of his memoir, “Decision Points,” Bush scrupulously gives his successor a public pass – a statesmanlike stance urged by his father, President George H. W. Bush.

“I want my President to succeed because if my President succeeds my country succeeds, and I want my country to succeed,” Bush typically says when asked about Obama.

“He won’t call Obama by name but he won’t trash him,” a confidant noted, referring to Bush’s comments in post-presidency speaking appearances, which have netted him millions, often at $100,000 or more a pop.

Still, he thinks Obama has failed as a President – a judgment supported by this week’s robust Republican gains.

Several Bush friends, associates and longtime political allies said President 43 is worried about Obama’s Afghanistan policy.

He supports the troop surge and more muscular drone strikes against terrorist targets, but also believes Obama has made a mess of relations with Pakistan.

“He thinks the policy is adrift,” one insider reported.

Predictably, Bush also believes his tax cuts shouldn’t be allowed to expire, including those for the wealthiest of Americans Obama wants to deep-six.

For the most part, Bush lets others worry about the politics these days while he focuses on building his presidential library and his lucrative speech business.

What Bush calls “my internal alarm clock” still gets him up at 4:30 to 5 every morning. He makes Laura coffee before beginning his exercise workout. Just as in Washington, he hits dirt-bike trails around Dallas regularly.

Like Obama, Bush has become a zealous golfer. He and Laura joined Brookhollow Country Club, and he’s on the links there or at Preston Trail Golf Club three times a week most weeks.

“He’s getting better,” a friend says, guessing he may be playing at a 12 handicap. He has installed putting greens at his North Dallas home and Crawford ranch.

The Bushes eat out with pals at least once a week. The wives typically choose the venue. He’s a big fan of the ham and cheese souffle at Rise, a trendy Inwood Village souffle bistro.

He misses some of the old perks, like the aide who cleaned up after his Scottish terrier Barney, but at 64 and comfortable, he has no complaints – and as his book makes clear, few regrets.

“He’s got a great life and he knows it,” an old friend told The News.

“He’s so relieved to be out of Washington – you have no idea.”

{NY Daily News/Matzav.com Newscenter}


  1. its a shame that of anyone we read quoted in matzav with regard to opinion on obama it is always a republican being quoted by a secular rag like the daily news. And in this case are we to be at all interested in any opinion that GW has at all= ever !? And is GWs opinion on what is going on with the rleationship between pakistan and the U.S. at all informative ? no, its absurd. Obama has been bl;owiong the brains out of ol queida in pakistan according to the NYT and

  2. The US is in deep economic mess that was handed down by the Bush administration and we are suffering because of it. In light of this, what are GW Bush’s qualifications to pontificate as to who is and who is not qualified to lead the country? Furthermore, to write or say that he thinks “less of McCain as a man”. McCain, the hero, shot down over Vietnam, captured and savagely tortured for five years, who to this day cannot raise his arms all the way, to think of him less as a man? What are Bush’s credentials? Oh please.

  3. Bush is the worst one to comment on this.

    His failed presidency left us in the mess that we are in now and directly led to Obama’s victory.

    He is the last one to know who is qualified and who is not.

  4. “The 43rd President has told friends the ex-Alaska govern isn’t qualified to be President”

    Nobody has to be qualified to be President. They just have to have enough money and friends in high places. Bush himself is a perfect example.

  5. #3 First of all President Bush was in the army by the Vietnam war, second John McCain did run a lousy campaign. Bush was one of of the greatest leaders this country ever had, and the economy had nothing to do with Bush it was when Nancy Pelosi took over congress in 2006 when all the trouble started.

  6. McCain may be a brave and loyal hero, but Bush is merely stating that he thinks less of McCain’s ability to make a clear, unbiased, and educated judgement.

  7. #7 you sound stupid and ignorant!! “Bush as the biggest dope we ever had as a president” ok enjoy Mr. Achmad Obama and dont cry when ramadan is National Holiday with Fasting in the US.

  8. To #12
    There is a big difference between a dope and a socialist. Bush was/is a dummy. Obama is smart & dangerous! Bush was Daddy’s boy. He had no right to be President. He was fed with a silver spoon his whole life. Nice guy but not President material. Bob Barr would have been a much better President.

  9. Bush was a puppet. Who pulled the strings.

    The current economic mess is due to many things, one of them is certainly 7 years of unchecked military spending to “defend the country from the terrorist threat”.

    I thinks if Americans knew what was really going on they would be very scared.