Walt Harrington has known former President Bush for more than 25 years and wrote a reflection for The American Scholar about his conversations with W over the years.
Twenty-five years later, George W. Bush looks great. Two years as a civilian have been good to him. His feet clad in golf shoes and up on his desk, he leans back in his chair, a well-mouthed, unlit cigar as a prop. At 7:45 A.M., heâ€™s talking golf.
â€œI didnâ€™t play golf during my presidency except the first two years. So I came back out here, and then I decided I was going to get better at golf, not just play golf.â€
â€œAnd have you?â€ I ask.
â€œI have gotten better. The problem is Iâ€™m never good enough. Thatâ€™s the problem with the game. It requires discipline, patience, and focus. As you know, Iâ€™m long onâ€â€”and he hesitates, smiling, losing the sentenceâ€”â€œwell, a couple areas where I could use some improvement.â€
Same W.: sentences broken and jumbled, thoughts careening.