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Karl Rove: I wasn’t George Bush’s brain
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Source: MSNBC

GOP strategist defends ex-president’s intellect and his own political style

Most people would probably find it flattering to be called the brains behind the president of the United States. But not Karl Rove, the former senior adviser to President George W. Bush who has been called “Bush’s brain.”

The nickname, bestowed on Rove by Bush critics, isn’t a compliment to him but rather an insult to his former boss, Rove told TODAY’s Matt Lauer during an extensive interview he granted in conjunction with the publication of his book, “Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight.”

“I’ve known him for almost four decades. He is a really smart person. To suggest that I was his brain is derogatory about him,” Rove said in a preview of the interview that ran Friday on TODAY. The full interview will air Monday and Tuesday, March 8 and 9, on TODAY. On Tuesday, Rove will join Lauer live in the show’s Studio 1A in New York City.


Lauer asked Rove for the secret to Rove’s long association with Bush. “What was it about the two of you that meshed so well?” Lauer inquired.

“He’s the outside man, I’m the inside man. He’s a big thinker,” Rove said. “I liked being around him.”

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  -Karl Rove: I wasn’t George Bush’s brain sabra  Mar-05-10 11:03 AM   #0 
  - "Big thinker". Uh huh.  peace frog   Mar-05-10 11:07 AM   #1 
  - He was actually his sphincter  saigon68   Mar-06-10 12:00 PM   #40 
  - Well, I'd do everything to distance myself from responsibility for that train wreck, too. . .  Journeyman   Mar-05-10 11:13 AM   #2 
  - He had an office in the White House for why??? He was in charge of polling, though. nt  Captain Hilts   Mar-05-10 11:13 AM   #3 
  - I believe what he's saying. He wasn't Mr. Bush's brain...  WillBowden   Mar-05-10 11:17 AM   #4 
  - I always thought of Rove as Bush's hemorrhoids.  bulloney   Mar-05-10 11:19 AM   #8 
  - "Chickenhawkery & Consequence" - should be the title of Rove's screed  SpiralHawk   Mar-05-10 11:17 AM   #5 
  - "Big thinker"???  DebbieCDC   Mar-05-10 11:17 AM   #6 
  - Gee, does Rove lisp? More like 'big stinker' eom  Maeve   Mar-05-10 01:06 PM   #24 
  - Go to fucking jail, war criminal asshole. Shut up. Nobody cares. Everyone knows you lie upon lie.  Hissyspit   Mar-05-10 11:18 AM   #7 
  - Of course he wasn't. He was just another 'President.'  onehandle   Mar-05-10 11:19 AM   #9 
  - Why isn't this man in jail??  Jefferson23   Mar-05-10 11:27 AM   #10 
  - Uhhh...we know that and that's why you are called TURD blossom.  SoapBox   Mar-05-10 11:31 AM   #11 
  - Well of course he denies it.  wolfgangmo   Mar-05-10 11:36 AM   #12 
  - Rovelting....  trusty elf   Mar-05-10 11:41 AM   #13 
  - he's right. this is Bush's brain:  Soylent Brice   Mar-05-10 11:47 AM   #14 
  - He (bush) is a really smart person  Botany   Mar-05-10 11:48 AM   #15 
  - Rove: I can literally remember what he was wearing: an Air National Guard flight jacket, cowboy boot  felinetta   Mar-05-10 11:52 AM   #16 
  - That might explain Rove's relationship w/ Jeff Gannon  Botany   Mar-05-10 11:56 AM   #20 
  - Yep. I think Dubya will always be Karl's one true love.  tanyev   Mar-05-10 03:23 PM   #32 
  - Yeah, I remember that quote too.  area51   Mar-06-10 11:14 AM   #37 
  - I remember back in the mid noughties we kept on hearing what a genius Rove was.  Mr. Sparkle   Mar-05-10 11:54 AM   #17 
  - That's right. He wasn't the brain, he was the co-conspirator. n/t  EFerrari   Mar-05-10 11:55 AM   #18 
  - Heh. Too late bozo. You're 'it'.  Edweird   Mar-05-10 11:55 AM   #19 
  - Big what now?  Lilicat   Mar-05-10 12:16 PM   #21 
  - Did Lauer ask him why the author of 'Bush's Brain'  sabrina 1   Mar-05-10 12:36 PM   #22 
  - Rove is an obsessive habitual manipulating liar. Bush is an idiot-Both are trying to change history...  GreenTea   Mar-05-10 12:57 PM   #23 
  - Read this  Blue Owl   Mar-05-10 01:09 PM   #25 
  - No One Would Be Flattered To Be Perceived As the Brain That Fucked Up the Country.  Toasterlad   Mar-05-10 01:14 PM   #26 
  - +1  Mithreal   Mar-05-10 01:25 PM   #28 
  - Does Karl mention his dad in the new book?  superduperfarleft   Mar-05-10 01:21 PM   #27 
  - Well, if he wasn't his brain,,,,,  whosinpower   Mar-05-10 01:58 PM   #29 
  - Why do you think Dumbya referred to Rove  3waygeek   Mar-06-10 09:30 AM   #35 
  - He wasn't Bush's brain, but he played one on TV! n/t  8 track mind   Mar-05-10 02:19 PM   #30 
  - You damn sure wasn't his conscience.  rocktivity   Mar-05-10 02:53 PM   #31 
  - I'd Deny Being Responsible  WVRICK13   Mar-05-10 05:06 PM   #33 
  - Big thinker Bush: I shud haz presidensy. Inside man Rove: I can steal that for you.  bleever   Mar-05-10 11:52 PM   #34 
  - Your subject line is perfect.  No Elephants   Mar-07-10 03:02 PM   #44 
  - So Karly admits that Bushie had no brain at all?  panzerfaust   Mar-06-10 09:54 AM   #36 
  - He should hang next to The Regency of Crawford.  alfredo   Mar-06-10 11:37 AM   #38 
  - Ok KKKarl, we'll start referring to you as "Bush's Asshole."  beac   Mar-06-10 11:39 AM   #39 
  - A pebble rattling in  PATRICK   Mar-07-10 09:43 AM   #41 
  - I believe him...  warm regards   Mar-07-10 10:06 AM   #42 
  - "'He’s a big thinker," Rove said" I never realized Rove was so funny.  No Elephants   Mar-07-10 02:56 PM   #43 
  - it is late in my day, so all i have to offer is...  laylah   Mar-07-10 03:55 PM   #45 
  - Both of ya'll's sociopathic brains Suck.  Cha   Mar-07-10 05:43 PM   #46 

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