May 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Ryan Crocker has long been viewed as America's indispensable diplomat in the Muslim world. President George W. Bush named him ambassador to Iraq in 2007 to rescue a failing policy, and four years later, President Obama dispatched him to salvage the U.S. mission in Afghanistan. But Crocker, who Bush once lauded as "America's Lawrence of Arabia," now says his former bosses are fumbling the most worrisome Mideast threat America faces: Iran's nuclear program. Tougher sanctions won't persuade Tehran to stop enriching uranium, Crocker contends.
April 24, 2013 |
DALLAS -- Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke Wednesday during a preview tour of the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at her alma mater, Southern Methodist University in Dallas. President Obama is expected to join the Bushes, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter for the library's dedication Thursday. Laura Bush, who was involved in the library's design of Texas limestone and pecan, said she hopes visitors are touched by the 9/11 display, which includes a twisted steel beam from Tower 2 of the World Trade Center.
February 6, 2013 |
"Mr. Orr, this is the White House operator. " As a White House spokesman, I received phone calls like this all the time. But this was the first time the president's secretary had ordered me to report to the Oval Office immediately. Before 7 a.m. on a Saturday. It was December 2003. Iraq was all over the news. We were closing in on the capture of Saddam Hussein. But - and the nation should be thankful - this wasn't my domain. President George W. Bush had another reason for calling for me now. Barney Cam. How it happened Whenever I'm asked to speak about my tenure in the White House, the conversation always shifts to Barney, the Scottish terrier whom the president regarded as the son he never had. After Barney died Friday at age 12, I found myself thinking about how he became an Internet sensation.
May 31, 2012 |
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush were back in Washington on Thursday for the unveiling of the portraits of the former first couple that will hang at the White House. They were joined by President Obama and the former chief executive's parents, former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. The paintings were done by portrait artist John Howard Sanden. The works were commissioned by the White House Historical Assn., a nonprofit group, and they will become part of the permanent collection of the White House.
November 1, 2011 |
In the weeks after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush was anxious for a battle plan. “The president had told me that he felt no need to rush to war,” writes Condoleezza Rice in her new memoir, which hit stores Tuesday. “We needed to be fully prepared. Yet we knew that there would come a time - soon - when the American people and the world would expect a response.” With Rice serving as Bush's national security advisor, it was her job to, as she puts it, “find a way to get the secretaries to do what the president wants them to do.” On that late September day in 2001, what the president wanted was a plan for attacking Al Qaeda in Afghanistan.
August 25, 2011 |
Dick Cheney is already promising there will be “heads exploding all over Washington” when his new book hits stores Tuesday. The 46 th vice president made that declaration in an interview with NBC -- portions of which were aired on the Today Show Wednesday morning -- as he embarked on a media blitz to promote the book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir.” The memoir discusses Cheney's health, the Sept. 11 attacks, his secret resignation letter, and his thoughts about President George W. Bush and other prominent characters from the Bush White House, NBC reports.