Bush fights against lightweight tag by reading Camus
AFP , NEW ORLEANS
Thursday, Aug 31, 2006,Page 5
US President George W. Bush said on Tuesday he's no
longer reading French philosopher Albert Camus but
tries to keep his reading list "eclectic."
Bush, on his 13th trip to New Orleans since it flooded
one year ago, said he was reading about the region.
"Well, I'm reading about the battle of New Orleans
right now," Bush said in an interview with NBC Nightly
"I've got an eclectic reading list," he said.
Bush took some ribbing while vacationing at his Texas
ranch recently when he revealed that he had read
Camus' The Stranger.
"I was in Crawford and I said I was looking for a book
to read and Laura said `you ought to try Camus,'" he
"I also read three Shakespeares," he said.
He told NBC television that Camus was not his steady
"That was a couple of books ago," he said.
In a reference to how he is often lampooned as an
intellectual lightweight, Bush said: "The key for me
is to keep expectations low."
The president's public opinion ratings have fallen
steadily since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, largely
over the invasion of Iraq, but also over Hurricane
Katrina, which flooded New Orleans while Washington
dallied, something he has taken responsibility for
over the past year.
Bush said he tried to focus on the job at hand and not
become distracted by what others were saying about
"People spend a lot of -- particularly if you're
making decisions and hard decisions -- people spend a
lot of time, not only analyzing decisions, but
analyzing the decision maker. And I understand that,
but a president must never let -- let that get him off
track," he told NBC.