Chicago: Former US President George W Bush has said that his "complex and controversial" decisions post 9/11 to prevent terror attacks on American citizens were within constitutional limits.
"Many of the decisions that followed after that day I know were complex and controversial. But I want the reader to understand that my role, as your president, was clarified and that I would do whatever it took within the Constitution of the United States to prevent our citizens from being harmed again," Bush was quoted as saying in the Chicago Sun-Times.
The former US President along with Mayor Richard Daley
appeared before a Union League Club at an event designed to
help Bush promote his new book 'Decision Points'.
When asked why he was very frank about his life in the
book that begins with former First Lady Laura Bush asking him,
"Can you tell me a day in which you have not had a drink?",
Bush replied that he wants somebody who reads the book to quit
drinking like he did.
"And secondly I want this book to be able to stand the
test of time. In order for it to stand the test of time, there
has to be candor and openness. It can't be viewed by the
reader as trying to hedge," Bush added.
Bush also praised the mayor for brilliantly responding
to the threat of 9/11 when Sears Tower (now Willis Tower) was
a terror target.
"People forget that the Sears Tower was a target? A
genuine target, and the mayor responded, and his people
responded, brilliantly to the threats," Bush said, calling
Chicago as the "best-run city in America".
In turn, Daley praised Bush for the patience he showed
during the 9/11 attacks as what he called the "Pearl Harbour
for another generation".
The two leaders also talked about leadership during a
panel discussion before business leaders.
Richard Daley, who has been Chicago mayor for 21
years, is soon going to retire after the Chicago mayoral
elections take place on February 22 next year.
First Published: Friday, November 12, 2010, 09:49