Bush’s former professor says he’s not qualified to be president
TOKYO - A former teacher of U.S. President George Bush on Friday questioned his qualifications as president in an address to foreign reporters in Japan.
Speaking at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo, City University of New York prof. Yoshihiro Tsurumi said, "I always remember two groups of students. One is the really good students, not only intelligent, but with leadership qualities, courage. The other is the total opposite, unfortunately to which George belonged."
"President Bush can no longer be reelected on the basis of his - quote unquote - leadership," Tsurumi, who was Bush’s professor at Harvard Business School, told his audience in reference to November’s presidential election in the United States.
He recalled a conversation with Bush when he met him soon after he arrived at Harvard.
"I asked him, ’What have you been doing ? How about Vietnam ?’ and he said, ’Well, I’ve been in the National Guard in Texas.’ I said, ’How did you get that ? There’s a 10-year waiting list.’ And he said, ’Well, my dad has connections."’
Tsurumi is a frequent commentator for U.S. news programs, and has been outspoken in his criticism of both Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
"In my class, he (Bush) declared that ’people are poor because they are lazy.’ He was opposed to labor unions, social security, environmental protection, Medicare and public schools. To him, Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal was ’socialism,"’ Tsurumi said. (Kyodo News)
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