This morning, the Washington Post goes inside the mind of George W. Bush -- and finds that it's a very cold and lonely place. Seems the man's not terribly interested in talking politics these days; he prefers spending his time with "authors, historians, philosophers and theologians" with whom he consumes pop and sparking water whilst pondering the Big Questions -- like, "Why does the rest of the world seem to hate America? Or is it just me they hate?"
And when he's not jawin' with the smartypants, he's surrounded by old pals from Texas with whom he refuses to talk politics. Even when he's with D.C. types, well, Bush shies away from talking about issues or cutting deals or doing any kind of Beltway business. Seems he prefers chattin' about things that really matter -- like that baseball team he used to own in Arlington:
When he flew to New York to visit a Harlem school and promote his education program, he brought along New York congressmen on Air Force One, including Democrat Charles B. Rangel, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The White House was in the midst of tough negotiations with Rangel over trade pacts. But Bush did not try to cut a deal with Rangel, chatting instead about baseball.
"He talked a lot about the Rangers," Rangel said. "I didn't know what the hell he was talking about."