A Charge Card to Keep

The overgrown frat boy youll now call Mr. President

Karla Faye Tucker, the first woman executed in Texas since 1863, was chosen as the book's best example of how Bush goes about having someone killed. A Charge to Keepwas published in September 1999, the same month that Talk magazine published a profile of Bush by Tucker Carlson. (Carlson is such a dependable member of the far-Right media that he appears as the voice of conservatism on a variety of CNN's numbing political chat programs.) The topic of Karla Faye's execution comes up during the interview, and Bush begins to mock the dead woman. He does an imitation of her appearing on Larry King Live:

"'Please,' Bush whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, 'don't kill me.' I must look shocked—ridiculing the pleas of a condemned prisoner who has since been executed seems odd and cruel, even for someone as militantly anti-crime as Bush—because he immediately stops smirking."

Even when discussing the most awesome responsibility entrusted to him, George W. Bush cannot stop being an overgrown frat boy. This passage also shows that neither Carlson nor Bush made it as far as Chapter 11, which contains a transcript of Larry King's interview with Karla Faye and reveals that she never said anything remotely like what Bush attributes to her.

To me, this says just about all you need to know about the character of the man. But come Jan. 20, you will get to listen to highly paid news personalities assure you that he is a fit successor to Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.

A Charge to Keep by George W. Bush; Morrow. 253 pages, hardcover, $23.

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