In their first joint interview, ever, both Bush’s sat down with Brit Hume of Fox. It really was an interesting thing to watch. The anomalous nature of the two of them as father and son Presidents is something only America can produce. The nature of their relationship has been a curiosity of many people for a long time. There is clearly a love between the two like any other father and son, however, there seems to be an unspoken disagreement on policy right under the surface. One just gets the feeling that the father would have never have gone into Baghdad. Brit Hume, in what could only be described as a softball interview, never picked that scab after he breached the subject.
Brit asked 41 what he thought of this son’s Presidency and you could just see 43 wondering what the old man was going to say. President Bush Sr. said his son’s Presidency was a success and that history will show that was the case. Another thing you get the sense of is the fact that all that Bush derangement syndrome that was allowed to flourish did have a negative effect on this family. The father spoke of the pain he went through watching his son get attacked in the press all these years. The current president even spoke of when his father was under attack in the press he wanted to throw down and go fist to cuffs with certain people. Bush 43 said that’s why he got that reputation as a hot head. They both said it was more painful to watch the other go through hard criticism. They handle it easier when it was themselves under fire.
Besides the fascination of watching the two of them interviewed at the same time, the thing that stood out was the fact that this was not a hard-hitting interview. What we were left with was all the questions in our heads that we would have asked. Fox did us and their network a disservice with this style of an interview. So many questions were left untouched.