Recently release phone calls between the two political leaders Tony Blair and Bill Clinton indicate that the two enjoyed their fair share of gossip and reservations about President Bush’s ability to lead.
The 532 pages of conversations released last month by the Clinton Presidential Library included talk about foreign relations that, Clinton’s contempt for former President George W. Bush as well as Blair’s enthusiastic reverence for Clinton’s wife.
In an October 1999 call Clinton shared with Blair his critique of Bush speculating about how Bush and his team were preparing themselves for the upcoming election.
“He is making people think he is saving them from the right. But it’s a fraud because he is really for them on everything else,” Clinton said. “I have to figure out how to expose the fraud that Bush is the new Clinton, establishing a new Republican Party like I made a new Democratic Party.”
In conversations that took place during the spring of 2000, Clinton called Bush “really smart,” but told Blair, “He is not ready to be president.”
“I am terrified these guys will get in and say Reagan was right about Star Wars,” Clinton said.