|RAW STORYPublished: Monday November 5, 2007|
Asked about Bush's NSA wiretapping program, Ford said, 'Where does he get his advice?'
Former President Gerald Ford sympathized with those who wanted Vice President Dick Cheney dumped as President George W. Bush's running mate in 2004, a new book claims.
"Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford," a series of interviews with Ford by veteran New York Daily News reporter Thomas DeFrank, was transcribed in the years before Ford's death in December at age 93. The conversations were to stay off-the-record until Ford's death.
"Dick has not been the asset I expected on the ticket," Ford told DeFrank in March 2004. "As you know, he's a great friend of mine, he did a great job for me, but he has not clicked, if that's the right word. God knows he works at it."
Ford had a generally positive impression of Bush, the book says, though he said Bush's decision to bring his father and mother into his bid for the 2000 nomination was a mistake.
He thought he knew Dick Cheney. It's past time for the entire country to rethink what they thought about the American Judas.