George H.W. Bush is closer to his son than the White House has let on, the New York Times reports, with the 41st president and the office's 43rd and current occupant speaking almost daily. Dad is often stung by criticisms of George W., an aide says: “It wears on his heart and his soul.”
Much has been made of perceived slights by President Bush to his father, but insiders say they remain close. The elder Bush visits the White House regularly--often lunching with Karl Rove--and frequently hosts the president in Maine. "41" avoids criticizing "43," turning his displeasure instead on the likes of former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld.