A Portrait of the Air-tist as a Young Man.
a wider examination of his life in 1972, based on dozens of interviews and other documents released by the White House over the years, yields a portrait of a young man like many other young men of privilege in that turbulent time - entitled, unanchored and safe from combat, bouncing from a National Guard slot made possible by his family's prominence to a political job arranged through his father.And let's not lose sight of the real importance of this story. The entire history of George W.'s life has been one major fuck-up after another, with Daddy or Daddy's friends or Karl Rove or the American public showing up to pull his fat out of the fire. W. is a reckless loser who lacks all sense of personal responsibility and makes innocent bystanders pay the consequences for his mistakes.
In a speech on Tuesday at a National Guard convention, Mr. Bush said he was "proud to be one of them," and in his autobiography he writes that his service taught him respect for the chain of command. But a review of records shows that not only did he miss months of duty in 1972, but that he also may have been improperly awarded credit for service, making possible an early honorable discharge so he could turn his attention to a new interest: Harvard Business School.
Billions "served" since 1946.