George W Bush is currently making the rounds hawking his autobiography and he's included all sorts of snippets that just make your head want to explode. He says the worst moment of his presidency was when Kanye West said he didn't like black people after Hurricane Katrina - but, for some reason, watching the mass destruction and death and his administration's bungled response efforts didn't rank as bad as a rap singer's comment on television.
In one portion, Bush writes about when he asked Dick Cheney to be his Vice President. Bush, who ran on a platform that exploited homophobia and stirred up opposition to same-sex marriage, carefully omits that nugget of information as he paints himself as a "compassionate conservative."
Apparently, Cheney volunteered up his daughter's sexuality when Bush asked him to seriously consider being the veep. You know, because with Cheney the worst possible monster he has in his closet is that his daughter is a lesbian.
By the time Dick came to the ranch to deliver his final report, I had decided to make another run at him. As he finished his briefing, I said, "Dick, you are the perfect running mate."
While I had dropped hints before, he could tell I was serious this time. Finally, he said, "I need to talk to Lynne." I took that as a promising sign. He told me that he had had three heart attacks and that he and Lynne were happy with their life in Dallas. Then he said, "Mary is gay." I could tell what he meant by the way he said it. Dick clearly loved his daughter. I felt he was gauging my tolerance. "If you have a problem with this, I'm not your man," he was essentially saying.
I smiled at him and said, "Dick, take your time. Please talk to Lynne. And I could not care less about Mary's orientation."
Mary, of course, couldn't care less about tolerance. She went to work for the campaign, stayed absolutely mum about all of the anti-gay rhetoric, staunchly defended the administration's anti-gay policies after they won the election, and has continued to donate and volunteer for other anti-gay politicians.
She also wrote a memoir of her life as a queer sell out that promptly made it's way to the top of the bargain bin least-sellers list. I guess the LGBT community just couldn't "tolerate" her collaboration with politicians who would deny her - and us - basic civil rights.
Bush "could not care less"? Just ask Kanye West. Apparently, he could.