Wednesday, October 3, 2007


ALEX SPILLIUS, TELEGRAPH - President Bush may like to be seen as a swaggering tough guy with a penchant for manly outdoor pursuits, but in a new book one of his closest allies has said he is afraid of horses. Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, derided his political friend as a "windshield cowboy" ­ a cowboy who prefers to drive ­ and "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life".

He recalled a meeting in Mexico shortly after both men had been elected when Mr Fox offered Mr Bush a ride on a "big palomino" horse. Mr Fox, who left office in December, recalled Mr Bush "backing away" from the animal.

"A horse lover can always tell when others don't share our passion," he said, according to the Washington Post.

Mr Bush has spoken of his fondness for shooting doves and cutting brush on his Crawford ranch in Texas, which he bought in 1999. The property reportedly has no horses and only five cattle. Mr Fox is the latest old friend to turn on Mr Bush as the US president faces a lonely final 18 months in office, derided for failures in Iraq and at home.


At October 4, 2007 7:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine Bush is afraid of any life form whose appearance in his world has not been brokered by intermediaries screening it and advising it on how to comport itself so as not to publicly embarrass the Dear Leader.

Horses are notoriously unsusceptible to that sort of thing. They're much more intelligent than most humans.

At October 4, 2007 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only an idiot isn't afraid of horses - particularly ones they don't know. Experienced riders are well aware that horses are big, powerful, unpredictable animals of uncertain temper. Riding is fun and pleasurable but not 'safe,' anymore than NASCAR is 'safe.' Those who choose to do it assume real risk.

At October 4, 2007 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that wasn't meant to imply that you think Bush isn't an idiot.

At October 5, 2007 3:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have to admit that it would suggest that Bush isn't a total idiot.

At October 5, 2007 6:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not necessarily. Even total idiots can have a highly developed instinctual sense of self-preservation. Alas.

At October 12, 2007 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a big difference between "afraid of horses" and "cautious around horses." The latter is rational; even the greatest horse lovers understand that their beloved beasts are big and clumsy and have really hard feet if they accidentally step on you.

Fear is, as Vicente Fox pointed out, drawing away instinctively, never letting one get close enough to have your picture taken with it, having two daughters and not even ONE horse on your pretend ranch.

In the Bush cohort of rich families in Connecticut, all the kids learn to ride. Apparently W avoided that, already.

Not a crime to be afraid of horses. Just a crime to develop a phony persona to become a president who rapes a nation.

At October 12, 2007 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caution and fear are not the same. The most passionate horse lovers know their beloved horses are big, sometimes clumsy, sometimes startled (they are prey animals), and have hard feet if they accidentally step on you.

This guy grew up in a privileged class in CT where all the kids learn to ride. He has two daughters. He has plenty of staff to do the work. He entertains guests at his ranch who might expect to have mounts provided. And he doesn't keep even one horse.

Even if Vicente Fox had not blown his cover, it would be reasonable to conclude that this rhinestone cowboy is terrified of horses.


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