Rove: Bush Is a Bookworm

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 26, 2008 8:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Bitter liberals may believe the president is an illiterate buffoon, but in 2006 the president read a whopping 95 books, and, just for good measure, read the entire Bible front-to-back, Karl Rove assures us in today’s Wall Street Journal. “In the 35 years I've known George W. Bush, he's always had a book nearby,” Rove writes. “Mr. Bush loves books.”

Each year, starting in 2006, Bush and Rove have had a contest to see who can read the most books. Rove won every year—“the president lamely insisted he’d lost because he'd been busy as Leader of the Free World”—but Bush racked up totals of 51 in 2007 and 40 in 2008, and each year once again re-read the Bible cover-to-cover. Plus a daily devotional.

George W. Bush shows pictures from the story book 'The Night before Christmas' to 50 first-graders of Hoffman-Boston Elementary School December 10, 2001 at the White House in Washington, DC.
George W. Bush shows pictures from the story book 'The Night before Christmas' to 50 first-graders of Hoffman-Boston Elementary School December 10, 2001 at the White House in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
George W. Bush leaves the White House, January 25, 2002, carrying  the New York Bestseller 'Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.'
George W. Bush leaves the White House, January 25, 2002, carrying the New York Bestseller 'Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.'   (Getty Images)
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In the 35 years I've known George W. Bush, he's always had a book nearby. He plays up being a good ol' boy from Midland, Texas, but he was a history major at Yale and graduated from Harvard Business School. - Karl Rove

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