A presidential memoir from George W. Bush that will be released November 9 (note to my Christmas list) will arrive in a political environment very different than the one that saw him leave Washington two years ago. In a poll released Oct. 28, 48% say Bush was a better president than Obama has been. With that shift and a Republican resurgence likely next Tuesday, the memoir will arrive at an interesting time and with a more-quickly-than-expected repair of Bush’s reputation.
In a sneak peak, Drudge outlines a few chapters, including one on Bush’s position on embryonic stem cell research:
In the chapter "Stem Cells", Bush describes receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan detailing a "wrenching family journey". But ultimately, Bush writes: "I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life." In the book, Bush describes an emotional July 2001 meeting with the Pope at the pontiff's summer residence. Savaged by Parkinson's, the Pope saw the promise of science, but implored Bush to support life in all its forms. Later, at the Pope's funeral -- and after a prodding from his wife that it's a time to "pray for miracles" -- Bush found himself saying a prayer for the cancer-stricken ABCNEWS anchor Peter Jennings.