Tuesday, August 29, 2006

WILLIAMS: We always talk about what you're reading. As you know, there was a report that you just read the works of a French philosopher. (Bush laughs)

BUSH: The Stranger.

WILLIAMS: Tell us the back story of Camus.

BUSH: The back story of the the book?

WILLIAMS: What led you to...

BUSH: I was in Crawford and I said I was looking for a book to read and Laura said you oughtta try Camus, I also read three Shakespeare's.

WILLIAMS: This is a change...

BUSH: Not really. Wait a minute.

WILLIAMS: A few months ago you were reading the life story of Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer.

BUSH: Which was a good book.

WILLIAMS: You've been on a Teddy Roosevelt reading kick.

BUSH: Well, I'm reading about the battle of New Orleans right now. I’ve got an eclectic reading list.

WILLIAMS: And now Camus?

BUSH: Well, that was a couple of books ago. Let me look. The key for me is to keep expectations low.

Full transcript here. Bush's summer reading list here. That's more books than I read this summer and I only work part-time.


  1. I laughed when I read about the 60 books he has supposedly read. Because it's a joke right?!

  2. Let's keep this in perspective. How often is this man on vacation?

  3. Let's really keep this in perspective. Notice the absence of any books about Iraq. Don't you think whoever thought up this list should've thought to have him "read" a book or two about Iraq? Or maybe one on Iran?

    A travel memoir set in Afghanistan. . . hey, maybe that's his next vacation spot!

  4. I'll see your three Shakespeares and I'll raise ya 1 Chaucer, 1 Milton and a stack of Cliff's Notes.


  5. Maybe he's reading Manhunter to get some pointers for capturing Osama? Is there a Dr. Mud(d) in the house?

  6. I kept waiting for him to say Camus who? What's with the "keep expectations low" bit? I don't think my expectations of him could get any lower.

  7. I can't remember whether it was the New Yorker or NPR, but one reporter said this is one book report he'd love to see.


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