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Now, in his new book, former president of Mexico Vicente Fox, calls Bush a "windshield cowboy" cowboy who is "afraid of horses." "Mr Fox, who left office in December, recalled Mr Bush 'backing away' from the animal. 'A horse lover can always tell when others don't share our passion,' he said, according to the Washington Post." Here's what we wrote a few years ago:
Down On The Farm With A Horse Named Trek, Jerry Politex
Prior to buying his farm near Waco around the time he decided to run for president, Bush's idea of a summer vacation was to hang out at his house in a gated club of summer homes deep in the piney woods of East Texas. To give you an idea of the culture of the area, the gated club next door called itself the KKK. Let's just say the racist past in Texas still was alive and well in certain enclaves in the state. This was hardly the place for a would-be president of all the citizens to live.
So his smoke and mirrors folks decided to turn Bush into a cowboy presidential candidate in the spirit of Teddy Rooselvelt, LBJ, and Reagan. The probem was these men could ride a horse, and Bush can only ride a bike. This became obvious when the candidate visited President Fox on his spread in Mexico, and turned down a ride on horseback offered by the Mexican rancher president. Bush wearing a belt buckle the size of a hub cap didn't make him a rancher, either.
So Bush created a fantasy world for the voters. He calls his 1,583 acre farm a ranch, but he only has 4 or 5 head of cattle on it. [And not one horse.] "'There are some guys that are all hat and no cattle. The president's not that way; he's hat and five cattle, joked Austin lawyer and former U.S. Rep. Kent R. Hance, who as a Democrat beat Bush in a 1978 congressional race by portraying him as an Ivy League interloper," reports Warren Veith in the LA Times. Veith continues: "Do four or five cows, plus two visiting Scottish terriers, constitute a true ranch? 'Well, I guess it's just up to the people,' said 74-year-old Ray Neuman, who runs 55 Hereford cattle on the property next to Bush's. 'We have trouble with just calling anything a ranch around here." We can sympathize, Mr. Neuman. Many have trouble with just calling anyone a president. --Politex, August 31, 2005
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