Fox memoir pokes fun at cowboy Bush

first_imgMany Mexicans, however, clearly wish Fox would be less visible. There was an outcry after he posed with his wife recently in a Mexican society magazine showing off the fancy accommodations in their refurbished ranch house. Questions were immediately raised over whether Fox, mimicking the corrupt ways of some of his predecessors, had used government funds to spruce up the place. Fox denied any wrongdoing, insisting in a statement that all his spending has been aboveboard.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But when it comes to Bush himself, Fox seems charmed. He labels Bush “the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life,” a remark Fox clearly meant as a compliment. “Bush evokes the go-getter qualities I’ve always admired in Americans,” he wrote. He wrote in the English-language memoir that he had not expected Bush to go from governor to president, although Fox explained that was because he was among many of those who underestimated Bush. “Those who see only the George W. Bush of the surface – the cocky, simplistic, baseball-loving son of an ex-president who went in six years from never having won a political race to the presidency of the most powerful nation on the planet – miss the core of inner resolve behind those sharp blue eyes,” he wrote. Although he labeled Bush’s Spanish “grade-school level” when they first met in Bush’s governor’s office in Texas in 1996 – “Como estas, amigo?” Bush had said – Fox said it improved over time and was one sign of what he considered the American president’s cultural sensitivity. The book, weaving personal anecdotes with his policy prescriptions, is part of Fox’s effort to remake the role of a former Mexican president. Instead of slipping silently away, Fox is at work on a splashy presidential library at his ranch property. “This is new for Mexico, which has a long history of tyranny, one-party rule and ex-presidents who flee into exile rather than leading productive lives as senior statesmen,” Rob Allyn, a former adviser and the ghostwriter for Fox’s memoirs, said in an e-mail message. MEXICO CITY – They were Vicente and Jorge, two cowboys turned presidents, and they held their first summit meeting together at a ranch. But Vicente Fox, who finished his term as Mexico’s president last year, pokes fun at the cowboy credentials of President George W. Bush in a new autobiography, recalling the time Bush turned down an offer to ride Fox’s beloved horse, Dos de Julio. “He demurred, backing away from the big palomino,” Fox wrote in “Revolution of Hope,” which is due out by Viking on Oct. 4. “A horse lover can always tell when others don’t share our passion for climbing aboard an animal that weighs 500 pounds and doesn’t necessarily stop when you put on the brakes.” Fox, whose victory in 2000 ended 71 years of single-party rule in Mexico, expresses clear differences with Bush’s unilateralist ways, particularly when it comes to the war in Iraq, which he suggests drew Washington’s attention away from Fox’s goal of overhauling American immigration policy. last_img read more