I read this book about a month and a half ago, so I hope I don’t forget anything about it in the review.
What I remember most about John Podhoretz’s Bush Country is the near-infallibility of all of Bush’s moves in Podhoretz’s eyes. True, I believe that a lot of what President Bush has done as the leader of our country is admirable and will mark him as one of the most dynamic Presidents in the history of our country, I’m not entirely sure that a book can be written discussing his Presidency without talking a bit about some blemishes on his record.
If nothing else, I would have liked to see an inclusion of at least some of Bush’s faults. However, this book’s subtitle was, “How George W. Bush Became the First Great Leader of the 21st Century—While Driving Liberals Insane” and this is something that Podhoretz shows time and time again in the book.
You all know that I don’t give away much about the books that I read, but one thing that really made me laugh was how Podhoretz explains how completely out of touch the liberals are with simple Americana references. For example, both Presidents Ronald Reagan and the current George Bush have been called “cowboys.” Now, for those of us who’ve ever watched a western or who know half a dime’s worth about Americana, we know that simply owning a ranch a cowboy does not make.
These men own ranchers, but are by no means cowboys! But, as Podhoretz explains, it doesn’t matter to liberals that they’ve completely jumbled Americana and simple American imagery because the masses will believe just about all of what the liberal media puts before them.
Podhoretz also proves how Bush is not a puppet and how he’s not a moron like most liberals wish he was – some of these topics are covered with a grain of salt since they really don’t warrant full lip service for being so outlandish. I mean anyone who says, “President Bush sounds like a moron,” either only listens to his handful of vocal gaffes from 2000 and 2001 or they don’t like that Texas accent. I worked with an older woman who was from Texas and she had the same accent and I like it!
Overall, I would say to hold off on reading this book if you’re already 110% behind the President. There’s no need to read stuff that you already know. If you’re a leftist thinker who hates the President, then you may want to read this to see how the other side thinks. I got this book on sale, so it was worth it for me to read!