The Chameleon President: The Curious Case of George W. Bush

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Chapter 2
The Callow Frat Boy

You’d have your parties there. You’d entertain, you know, girls there. …
I can probably safely say that there were times when, yeah, we were
probably a little over the line
.

—Terry Johnson, Bush’s college roommate on his days with George W.1

The advocate who claims that Bush is immature looks to this personal-
ity characteristic to account for Bush the man and Bush the president.
This view takes the widely recognized affability and impishness of
George W. Bush as a sign that he is someone who never grew out
of his fraternity brother persona, leading to numerous problems for
his presidency. Below I give voice to one who takes this as the defining
characteristic of Bush
.

The argument that Bush just isn’t very smart downplays his 1206 on the SAT, which is a very respectable score. As Bush biographer Ronald Kessler reports, one expert puts Dubya’s IQ at about 120—or in the top 10 percent of the population.2 While it is undeniable that George W. Bush has done stupid things, both before and after entering the White House, the reason is less a lack of intelligence than a lack of maturity. Dubya is Peter Pan—he just never grew up. If you think of him as a frat boy in his sixties, then you’ll start to understand the things he’s said and done.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed 1
  • Chapter 2 - The Callow Frat Boy 21
  • Chapter 3 - The Born-Again President 43
  • Chapter 4 - The Conservative Texan 67
  • Chapter 5 - The Man Who Would Be King 81
  • Chapter 6 - The Incredible Oedipal Bush 101
  • Chapter 7 - The Corporate Crony 121
  • Chapter 8 - The Evil President 145
  • Chapter 9 - Cheney’s Puppet 175
  • Chapter 10 - The Victim of Circumstances 201
  • Chapter 11 - The Far-Seeing Patriot 219
  • Conclusion - Would the Real George W. Bush Please Stand Up? 235
  • Notes 241
  • Index 275
  • About the Author 288
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