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Coming from 'NYT' on Sunday: Bush and McCain Have Not Spoken since May

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Coming from 'NYT' on Sunday: Bush and McCain Have Not Spoken since May

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The cover story in this coming Sunday's New York Times Magazine considers George Bush and what it terms "His Final Days," with his view of his legacy - and John McCain - in the forefront. It's written by Peter Baker, the former Washington Post reporter now with the Times.

It opens with a scene from this past May when an uneasy Bush and McCain met for "14 seconds of ritual" on a tarmac for a press photo op. "That was May," Baker writes. "As of late this month, the president and the would-be successor from his own party have not spoken since."

Later Baker reveals: "McCain has not called the president for advice."

Baker describes this as a "relationship fraught with bitter resentment, grudging respect and mutual dependence." After his appearance next Monday at the GOP convention, Bush "will be ushered out of the spotlight as quickly as possible - if not in 14 seconds, then not all that much longer."

Bush aides "seethed" when McCain called conditions in post-Katrina New Orleans "disgraceful" this past April and "grievances nursed by both sides have only grown from there," Baker observes. …

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