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Former U.S. President George W. Bush is set to release his memoirs under the title Decision Points on Tuesday, November 9. The book is slated to delve into the eight years of the Bush Administration, touching on everything from the war in Iraq to the reasoning behind various economic policies. The Detroit News was able to get its hands on a pre-release copy of the text and found Bush had committed to bailing out the auto industry as early as November of 2008, despite having misgivings about government intervention in private industry and the management of both Chrysler and General Motors.

Still, the memoirs say that the move was designed to "safeguard American workers from widespread collapse."

Additionally, The Detroit News reveals that Bush finally decided to pull the trigger on the bailouts to keep Barack Obama from having to make a decision on the situation right off the bat. Bush writes that "I had to keep my successor in mind. I decided to treat him the way I would have liked to have been treated if I were in his position."

Decision Points will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and Canada in hardcopy, e-reader and audio formats.

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: Getty]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      At the very end, when the chips were down, he made some good decisions. They were big ones, directly affecting a large number of people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Politics and all other crap aside, that voice bubble is perfect. I can hear those words coming straight outta W's mouth. Nicely done, AB.
      • 4 Years Ago


      As some of you are 100% with the automotive bailout this has to be said.

      I bet that if it was Obama and his party conducting the bailout with the exact same results you would be 100% against it, crying out foul and declare a government mutiny. Some of you may think i might be nuts bringing this up but several polls out on the internet have confirmed that nobody would be in favor of it. In fact what's more interesting is that a large majority of people seem to have forgotten everything up to 9 months ago, meaning people actually believe Obama's party is directly responsible for the automotive bailout, believing that it is causing our taxes to go higher and the economy to stall. This was their words, not mine. I'm your typical observer, just observing american human behavior and sadly seeing how it continues to make us as a country more divided continuing to sink like a titanic rather than each of us doing our fair part to help out to bring america back to where it should be, a leader instead of a nation of whiners, as one politician truthfully put it during the presidential elections. The truth hurts doesn't it.
      Now I know it's natural to have negative bias towards the current commander in chief and his party during an economic crisis, blaming him for everything gone wrong with the country, but you must remember he was passed down all of the country's problems and issues from Bush, at the time when the usa was about to hit rock bottom. No president Obama or even the hopeful McCain can fix all of the country's problems from Bush within 2-3 years, it's impossible so don't complain and expect it in the snap of a finger. With this kind of mess Bush had put us in it might take 2 or 3 presidents to bring us back up to being a world leading country that we once were.

      Lastly this whole "Bush wasn't really that bad" thinking is almost like saying "Oh Johnny never meant to become a serial killer. He was brought up in a loving home. He just got involved with the wrong people in school, kept flunking his classes and blamed the teachers for it, did drugs to help take the edge off his stressful life, kept getting bullied in school to the point he dropped out, ran away from home and joined a gang because he thought I yelled too much and did not understand his depression and what he was going through." Or "Chris never really meant to be a domestic abuser. He really is a sweet person and always had a smile on his face, always told funny jokes. He just lost his job and his greedy wife kept nagging him to find another job or she will leave him, taking everything, not understanding that the economy is rough and it is hard to get right back to work"
        • 4 Years Ago

        Obama adopted the position enthusiastically, defended it hawkishly, and oversaw the spending of TARP funds appropriated for the automakers. (fair to say that McCain would have, too.)

        This countries "problems" were not all Bush's doing. This recession started in the Housing market, which Bush does not oversee(while members of congress do). So, the Recession is NOT BUSH's FAULT! Bush can be directly faulted for 2 wars, tax cuts, and a prescription drug bill. Direct your anger at those **Specific** policies.

        Also... it's not normal for everyone to just "hate" the current president. You have to pass a lot of unpopular programs that don't go over well with the electorate, as (then, Liberal)Bill Clinton experienced before the house takeover of 94, as Bush has since 2004, and more recently, Obama with his healthcare mandate / stimulus package.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Party doesn't matter.

        Big government, D or R is the same road to destruction, because they are both power-hungry, and corrupted by it.

        The US Constitution, that ALL of them swore to uphold and defend, DENIES THE GOVERNMENT THE ABILITY TO INTERFERE IN PRIVATE BUSINESS.

        The enumerated powers are specific, and finite.

        They are not allowed to steal from Peter's unborn Grandchildren, just to claim to save Paul's job, that probably would have been re-generated anyway, if the market were left to find it's efficiency, and provide supply for America's demand for transportation.

        The government doesn't have the authority to put the american people on the hook for the debt it is accruing at UNTHINKABLE rates. Part of that being the buyout of the auto-industry, and the pay-off of the UAW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You cannot blame the economic crisis on Bush, or you sound just as biased as the ones you are calling out. The blame falls squarely on the shoulders of no one individual. There are just too many factors at play.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We got a thousand points of light...
      For the homeless man....
      We got a kinder, gentler,
      Machine gun hand....
      We got department stores
      and toilet paper
      Got styrofoam boxes
      for the ozone layer
      Got a man of the people,
      says keep hope alive
      Got fuel to burn,
      got roads to drive.

      Keep on rockin' in the free world,
      • 4 Years Ago
      the real difference between Bush's bailout is that Bush's bailout cost was $20billion and none of it was ever coming back. Obama's bailout was total and complete with everyone sacrificing for the greater good w/ the greater good being that the companies actually exist when things are all done.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The auto bailout was a tough decision for anyone to have to make which is why I can argue for and against it all day long.

      I have a hard time bailing out irresponsible corporations that refused to adapt to the times, but when you are talking about an entire industry that employs millions in an already unstable economy, what do you do?

      Having family that worked in the industry might make me a tad biased.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It should be noted that Bush's bail out of the auto industry was fairly limited in scope. That was the right way to do it. It was two months before he was to leave office. He couldn't do nothing. But he also shouldn't tie the hands of the incoming administration. He balanced his actions quite well I thought. The bulk of the bail out was conducted by the Obama administration. So far it seems to be paying off.

        I was never a fan of President Bush. But in this instance he behaved as the statesman we all hope each of our leaders becomes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice caption.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's just compartmentalize the Bush legacy for one minute.

      In this instance he overcame ideology and tackled the problem head on. Balanced the arguments in his head, and made what we all agree was the right decision. Could a Republican do that now? Not a chance. Is Obama allowed to do that now? No way.

      It was only two years ago, seems like a lifetime.
        • 4 Years Ago
        >we all agree

        Uh, Keynesian economics have been disproved time after time, I don't need an auto bailout to remind myself that Washington picking winners and losers doesn't help out anyone in the long run. Sorry you guys bought in the industry's arguments to get government life support, I didn't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I only buy into the argument that IF the banks get bailed out, so should the largest manufacturing sector left. It's either none, or all that did.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was an early Bush hater, but surprisingly(to me) came to believe he was a good man and a good President. Only time will tell, of course. It has always been my opinion that once the banks were bailed out, there was no choice at all in bailing out G.M, Chrysler, and Ford, if necessary. He couldn't play favorites with the economy. Now, had he let the banks and insurance companies fail, as he should have, there would have been no question of bailing out the automakers. That would have forced banking reform, made the criminals culpable, and resulted in far less trouble than we got, and yes, Chrysler, in particular, would have failed. As it is, I'm glad to see Chrysler still alive, and hopefully kicking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i know many people disliked bush during his presidential terms, but i think he did have this country's best interest at heart, irregardless of how his decisions and policies have turned out to be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I will commend him on the autobail out and the surges. Other than that no, he's basically made a lost decade for America. The financial bailout of his didn't believe in getting the money back until Obama did it.

        He waged 2 wars, passed medicare plan D, and had massive tax cuts. How the hell are we going to pay for two wars and medicare plan D with tax cuts? Trickle down yeah...

        All his predecessor republican such as Regan, who started the tax cuts thrend, and Bush Sr. all increased tax. Regan tax gas. Bush lost his reelection because of, "Read my lips...", made new taxes. Why? Because tax cuts add to the national deficits. The only one that didn't raise tax after tax cuts was Bush 2. Heck they got Cheney to fly down to do a reconcillation for massive tax cuts bill while have two wars. HA!

        He [bush 2] knows nothing about the economy at all. The trickle down theory does not work. He increases spending and have no plans what so ever to pay for them and what's worst he gave tax cuts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I never liked Bush, but how could you say something like the Iraqi war was in the American people's best interest?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree dhan, He made some mistakes, but there's no doubt he was on our side. Still is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's why in the law there's a category for willful negligence. He may not be guilty of malice aforethought but his acts as president amount to guilt: authorizing torture, fighting two wars without paying for them, creating a medicare drug benefit without paying for it, wasting blood and treasure on a war based on trumped up intelligence and falsified claims, trampling civil rights with the patriot act, politicizing non political government positions, for example in NASA, squandering a budget surplus on spending and tax cuts, etc. Do I think he's the antichrist? No. Did he make many terrible decisions? Absolutely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I disliked Bush as much as anyone.
        However, I would concede that I never thought his incompetence was born of malice or ill intent.

        Now Cheney on the other hand....
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm no fan of Bush, but yeah, I'll go along with that.

        It's moments like his speech after the VT shootings in 2007, or his silly dancing in Africa, that made me realise that he's actually a decent guy that was stuck in the middle of a sh-tty system.

        In a way I feel sorry for him. He inherited a few massive problems: the hatred of radical Islamists bent on punishing America for its interference in the Middle East.... a financial system that designed to (and eventually accomplished) massively transfer wealth and land ownership from the middle class back to the upper class.... an increasing pace of outsourcing of manufacturing and high-technology jobs..... an education system that rewarded only the wealthy, thereby reducing America's ability to teach enough people how to be amazing at something other than video games and sports stats. The consequence of that last item is that America had to admit millions of people into the country on the basis that they could do a job that a natural-born American wasn't available to do.

        Bush didn't create any of these problems. That's just how America was in 2000. That's how the upper 1% want it to be. No President will ever have the power to change that. You could have Jack Bauer as President, George Carlin as VP and Chuck Norris as Secretary of State. Won't make a difference.

        Heck, it wouldn't make a difference if all the Tea Party favorites got into the top spots either -- they'd be forced to behave as expected, too.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Irregardless", despite being nonsense, is as much a word as "dord". It owes its existence to ignorance from its creators and habitual record-keeping from it's perpetuators.
        Funny thing is, it's a double negative. Its meaning should be "not without regard".
        Which is how we should behave toward Bush's rather ridiculous claim that he wanted to treat his successor fairly. Fairness would have meant not letting the banks collapse in the first place. Fairness would have been reducing, not increasing military spending and brinkmanship with a highly organized criminal organization. Anyone who believes a conservative isn't in the pockets of multinational corporations and thinks they're looking out for the little man wants their head examining. Bush was a cheerleader. Go China.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At some point we as Americans lost the capacity for rational political discourse. People no longer acknowledge one another's right to disagree, they just say you either agree with them or you hate America and are just like Hitler. This applies equally to members of both political parties.

        While I may not agree with some of the things Bush or Obama did/do as President, I don't think the first thing they think about when they wake up in the morning is how to best ruin the country.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. George Bush love the USA. You could plainly see it, even if he made a few mistakes along the way. Barack Obama on the other hand...
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL

        "irregardless" isn't a word. Irrespective is, but "irregardless" is not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @warren

        well perhaps if businesses weren't required by Government to be veins of social welfare (employer provided healthcare), and unions got their ish together, perhaps we could make the US a more attractive place to build stuff, and a less expensive place to relocate to(especially here in California).

        If we simplified tax codes, lowered taxes, relax land-use policies, cut government waste, increase transparency, then we deserve to have those JOBS come back, because then we're showing that we're at least competing for those jobs(just like China, India, Brazil, and Turkey are). We can't be a manufacturing powerhouse and be on par with Germany if we don't at least make those structural and institutional changes.

        Make the system less complicated... less expensive... and only then will we be able to achieve some meaningful income equality, create sustainable and lasting private sector jobs, and allow upward mobility for more Americans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bush is the best president this country has seen since Reagan. No doubt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well all the Haters of President Bush 2 are out in their normal garbage brained BS. There is not an original thought among them. They are simply a boring repeat of their revered talking heads. Apparently the AB staffers can be tossed into that mix by virtue their posting this blurb.
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