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On the Friday when it was announced that the merchant bank Bear Stearns — famous for its risk-taking, cigar-chomping deal-making — was close to bankruptcy, Bush addressed the Economic Club of New York. He said it was important that foreign banks continued to invest in the US. The idea that all capital is inherently American is one that even H. Hunt, a champion bragger, might have blanched at. The Bushes have never successfully owned a company outright; Arbusto, the oil company founded by George W.
Not so with the Hunts. The Hunt Oil Company is not a huge corporation, but it specialises in bringing off surprises. Another son, Nelson Bunker Hunt, made an oil fortune of his own drilling in Libya, but then Gaddafi took power and nationalised the wells.
The Bush Tragedy by Jacob Weisberg | LibraryThing
In the s he funded the political evangelicals of the Bible Belt, a movement whose votes every Republican president since Reagan has depended on. Hick or not, he was considered dangerous enough. The Bushes have never liked the Kennedys either, because they were Catholics — although the Walkers had been too — and because they were wealthy. The connections persist. Ray Hunt made hefty contributions to the election campaigns of both Bush presidencies and is on the board of Halliburton. Recently, the Hunt Oil Company signed an exploration deal with Iraqi Kurdistan, joining what a recent issue of Portfolio magazine portrayed as one of the biggest oil rushes of all time.
Weisberg describes the Walker-Bush clan very well. George H. In , Doug Wead began tape recording members of the Bush family, with their permission, providing a historical record of the family. Wead continued his taping of George W. Bush between and , recording at least nine hours of telephone conversations with Bush, who was then governor of Texas, as he engaged in his presidential run; the recordings were made without Bush's knowledge.
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In February , a month after Bush was sworn into office for his second term as president, Wead revealed the existence of the tapes to The New York Times , and publicly released twelve excerpts from them, each one ranging in length from five minutes to half an hour. The release prompted some hostility from members of Bush's inner circle: Bush's wife, Laura Bush , said in an interview, "I don't know if I'd use the word 'betrayed,' but I think it's a little bit awkward for sure"; while Bush evangelical ally James Dobson said he was "shocked by [Wead's] breach of trust".
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