BUSH DAD: 'THE WAR IN IRAQ IS A LARGE PROBLEM'
Sun May 30 2004 10:22:44 ET
New York -- “The country is doing pretty darn well,” former President George H.W. Bush tells TIME’s Hugh Sidey, “but the war in Iraq is a large problem. There’s a lot of what Jimmy Carter called ‘malaise’ around. I give total support to what the President does—without any reservation.”
On the eve of his 80th birthday June 12, the former President spoke with houseguest Sidey about future plans. “I’ve got goals,” Bush says. He wants to go to sea on the George H.W. Bush, a nuclear-powered carrier scheduled for completion in 2008. He hopes to accept an invitation from former Chinese President Jiang Zemin to attend the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Sidey reports in TIME (on newsstands Monday, May 31st).
Sidey writes in his TIME column, “On the Presidency”: “Bush confesses that while he has the zest of a 50-year-old, his body sometimes hesitates. He stormed around the other day, looking for his glasses, and an aide pointed out they were on the end of his nose. He has rented a movie and looked at Barbara 10 minutes into it as they both realized they’d seen it before. But then he ticks off his surviving indulgences—golf, tennis, fishing, horseshoes, hunting quail and the new boat, Fidelity III, a 34-ft. Fountain V hull. ‘I love it. I hit 68 m.p.h. the other day.’”