- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2005

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers told George W. Bush in a 1997 birthday card that he was “the best governor ever” and, in a separate note to her boss, said she hoped his twin daughters recognize their parents are “cool.”

The communications between Miss Miers, who served as chairwoman of the Texas Lottery Commission, and Mr. Bush, governor of Texas at the time, tell the story of a warm relationship.

The president faces criticism that he chose Miss Miers for the high court because of their close friendship.

The correspondence with Mr. Bush was among thousands of pages of records released Monday by the Texas state archives from Miss Miers’ term at the helm of the lottery panel from 1995 to 2000.

A transcript of her confirmation hearing before the state Senate in 1995 indicated that lawmakers asked Miss Miers, a lawyer, only a few questions and that her nomination by Mr. Bush was generally unopposed.

Miss Miers and Mr. Bush exchanged several birthday notes and general well-wishes during her lottery panel tenure.

In 1997, Miss Miers sent Mr. Bush a belated birthday card featuring a sad-looking dog and the note: “Dear Governor GWB, You are the best Governor ever — deserving of great respect!” She added, “At least for thirty days — you are not younger than me.”

Mr. Bush’s birth date is July 6, 1946; Miss Miers’ is Aug. 10, 1945.

Mr. Bush wrote back to wish Miss Miers a happy 52nd birthday, telling her that he appreciated her friendship and to “never hold back your sage advice.” He ended with a postscript: “No more public scatology.”

That October, Miss Miers wrote Mr. Bush a note saying she hopes his twins, Jenna and Barbara, recognize they have “cool” parents.

Mr. Bush told Miss Miers in a birthday note in 2000: “Have a great life!”

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