Bush Can Teach Obama What Not to Do: Woodward

Woodward has seen all the mistakes and lived to tell about it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 9:49 AM CST
George W. Bush adjusts his head phone during a joint press conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, unseen, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.   (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)
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(Newser) – George W. Bush’s presidency could teach Barack Obama many lessons—about what not to do. Bob Woodward lays out 10 of them in today’s Washington Post:

  • "Presidents need to draw people out and make sure bad news makes it to the Oval Office": Bush went into Iraq "without directly asking Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, or George Tenet for their bottom-line recommendation."
  • "A president must do the homework to master the fundamental ideas and concepts behind his policies": One general suspected Bush "lacked a basic grasp of what the Iraq war was about."

  • "Presidents set the tone. Don't be passive": Bush once watched Donald Rumsfeld snatch a document out of Condoleezza Rice’s hands. “I’ll let you two work it out,” he said, and walked away.
To see the complete list, click the link below.