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

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Chapter 5
The Man Who Would Be King

George W. [Bush] most resembles the many French dauphins come sud-
denly to the throne—the young, inexperienced prince, with a defense
chief who has definite Napoleonic tendencies, and a flowing group of
courtiers with their own agendas and loyalties, some to foreign countries
and some to secret societies outside the realm

—Georgie Anne Geyer1

Despite the down-to-earth, folksy demeanor Bush portrays, many have
seen this as a mask that hides a more imperial sensibility. The advocate
who emphasizes this classist attitude of superiority and traces its roots to
the political dynasty of Prescott Bush and his most accomplished son, as
well as the wealth and power of the Walker side of his family, would
argue that Bush’s attitude determined his actions. Here I give voice to
those who find Bush a man who thought of himself as a king
.

The American public looked on with bemusement several years ago at the horror of the common folk of Great Britain in learning that their own Prince Charles appeared to be cavorting secretly with a mistress. While the French would not bat an eye at such behavior—Mitterrand rendezvoused with a widely acknowledged mistress for years—the stiff upper-lipped Brits were upset that the heir-to-be-skipped did not love Princess Diana as much as they did.

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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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