President George H.W. Bush, the one-term chief executive and father of the more recent President George W. Bush, lashed out at taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist in an interview with Parade Magazine, saying Mr. Norquist’s no-new-taxes pledge is a mistake.
Mr. Bush, who famously broke his “read my lips” pledge by raising taxes, said lawmakers can’t be bound by those kinds of promises because circumstances change.
“The rigidity of those pledges is something I don’t like. The circumstances change and you can’t be wedded to some formula by Grover Norquist. It’s—who the hell is Grover Norquist, anyway?” Mr. Bush told the magazine in an interview published this weekend. (link: www.parade.com/news/2012/07/preview-exclusive-parade-interview-president-mrs-bush.html)
His wife, Barbara, chimed in on Mr. Norquist: “I think he ought to go back to Alaska” — a reference to her comment in 2010 when she said she wished Sarah Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee, would curtail her national presence.