I’ve noticed that the older we get (men especially), the more we don’t care what other people think about us or what we say. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older and find that more and more of my personal opinions find there out of my thoughts and into my mouth. I have strong opinions about how things should be and how the younger generations are “screwing it up”! But then I remember as a young person hearing older folks say that back then. I guess nothing really changes.
Which brings me to a recent event involving the words of former President George H.W. Bush (That’s the elder Bush, aged 93). He said he’s not too excited about "blowhard" President Trump and confirmed in a new book that he voted for Hillary Clinton. (!)
“I don’t like him,” Bush was quoted in the book titled, ‘The Last Republicans.’ “I don’t know much about him, but I know he’s a blowhard. And I’m not too excited about him being a leader.” Old H.W. is like most old-timers—not overly worried about filtering his comments through the paralyzing sieve of proper PC etiquette.
The new book is by author Mark K. Undegrove and consists mostly of interviews looking back at the Republican Party over the past few decades. It explores the connection between the elder Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush.
The younger Bush told Undegrove that he voted for “none of the above.”
The father and son each raise concerns that Trump has essentially blown up the GOP to the extent that the New York businessman and first-time politician could be the party’s last president for a long while, according to a review The New York Times.
They also suggest that Trump has wrecked their longtime efforts to continue to build a political party committed to free trade and immigration and the continuation of United States as a world leader in democracy.
The preview of the new book comes after a speech by the younger Bush in which he said “bigotry seems emboldened” in the United States and warned that Americans need to reject “white supremacy.” He doesn’t specifically mention Trump by name.