Bush Memoirs Delayed to Help GOP in November Elections?
August 5, 2010
(ChattahBox)–The publication date of George W. Bush’s ghost-written memoirs, entitled “Decision Points,” was reportedly changed from September, until after the mid-term elections in November, so as not to hurt Republicans’ chances. According to the Financial Times, the former president told friends that he persuaded his publisher to delay a planned September launch, concerned that his unpopular and failed presidency would become an issue during the elections. But the GOP is still not happy with the Nov 9 publication date, just one week after the elections, because details from Bush’s book are already being leaked to the press.
Bush will appear for his first interview on his book tour on November 8, with Today’s Matt Lauer.
Bush’s publisher, Random House’s Crown group, says the November publication date was chosen, because it would generate more sales.
“From a media perspective the period leading up to the midterm elections is a very noisy and crowded space and we believe the president’s book will be better served by being launched following that time.”
Whatever the case, the GOP is calling the November launch date, “selfish and stupid.”
According to the publisher’s press release, “Decision Points,” will delve into 14 major decisions made by Bush during his two-terms as president.
Bush’s presidency is viewed as one of the worst in recent memory. It’s no wonder Republican leaders don’t want to be reminded of it, as they promote the same failed Bush policies going into the elections, hoping voters have developed amnesia.