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Anyone Can Grow Up: How George Bush and I Made It to the White House Paperback – December 31, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Whadda we got? The unfortunately buyer gets a book that in truth merits no stars at all.
Carlson's brownnosing of the Washington Post's Katherine Graham is sickening enough without a half-dozen mentions of how Carlson's daughter was married at "Kay's" Georgetown mansion. Did you catch that? If you didn't, Carlson will remind you.
Oh, and George W. Bush made silly faces and served fancy food on his campaign's press plane. Maybe that's how both he and Margaret, as the book's subtitle reads, "made it to the White House." By being dim and opportunistic? Must be.
First of all, the "book" is a bunch of her columns strung together with lazy narrative. Many of the columns are out-of-date and inaccurate.
Similarly, in her ENDLESS complaints about the Clintons (they talk to much) and Gore (he's just too smart), she fails to recognize that she's the one who looks foolish. Below is a verbatim quote from the book (with some elipsis to shorten up her windy prose..and probably a typo or two, since I'm trying to write this review up fast)!
"Joe Klein, then at Newsweek, and I got a joint interview with the First Lady. She used up our time with chatter about the Taj Mahal and the ambassador's gardens...About midnight, an aide showed us the door, literally. Our time was up. Valiantly, Klein reeled her back in with a question about health-care reform. As we descended into the swamps of single-payer insurance...I leaned against the open door-and fell asleep."
Oof! The first lady gives a several hour interview. Margaret complains when she isn't substantive. Then when she is...she falls asleep!
I can only assume this is a highlight of Carlson's brilliant reporting career -- why else include it in the book? Odd that she's so proud of falling asleep during the policy portion of an interview.
There's more of this, but I'm coming up against the 1000 word max. Only read this book (don't give Margaret money -- buy a used copy or check it out from your library) if you really want to be able to laugh at this pathetic excuse for a reporter each time you see her on TV..
We have a name for people who will publish biased, banal, garbage to make a buck. We call them mediawhores.
By the way, the way Bush made it to the White house was by stealing an election. And look what a mess he has made with his squaters presidency.
Anyone who claims to be left or center left poltically, as Carlson does, should be able to say that quite clearly.
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