George W. Bush’s pool boy speaks




He’s a 23 year old Mainer. Read it.

From Chris Colin in the SF Chronicle:

Razsa recalls one day when former first lady Barbara Bush was on her way over, and it looked like there wouldn’t be time to bring the pool’s temperature up to her desired 82 degrees in time. The family’s caretaker was in a panic, he says.

“He kept shouting, ‘Barbara will go crazy! Barbara will go crazy!'” Razsa recalls. “This is the same woman who after Hurricane Katrina said (of the Houston Astrodome refugees), ‘You know, they’re underprivileged anyway, so this — this is working very well for them.'” ….

I ask Razsa if he has a monologue loaded up, in the event that his next encounter was at closer range. To my surprise, the idea doesn’t appeal.

“What do you say? ‘Thanks for School of the Americas, and Iran-Contra, and NAFTA, and shipping all those jobs overseas, and arming Saddam, and funding the Taliban?’ What do you say — ‘You’re a jerk?’ There’s nothing that can be put into a sentence that would capture the lives these people have taken, and the way of life that’s been taken.”…

he stopped at a lemonade stand where a young girl and her mother had set up shop. They got to talking, and it turned out they were family of George Herbert Walker III, former ambassador to Hungary and first cousin of the ex-president up the road.

Ever respectful, Razsa kept his politics to himself and enjoyed the lemonade. It was the young girl who turned to him and held forth: “Just because we’re related to them, doesn’t mean we vote for them or believe in what they do.”

“What did she say?” the mother asked.

Shocked, Razsa repeated the girl’s declaration.

The mother nodded in approval….

“There are two things I wanted to do since I was a little kid. The first was join the Marines and then transfer to the Navy Seals,” he says. When he got older, that dream unraveled. “I tried to talk myself into it being okay, but I couldn’t get past the possibility of the government misusing our service.”


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