Buchwald Praises Woodward’s ‘State of Denial’ in Latest Column

By: E&P Staff

Art Buchwald, who recently cheated death after making a miraculous recovery despite refusing dialysis, wrote Tuesday about Bob Woodward’s new book “State of Denial.”

Among Buchwald’s mostly serious comments about the book:

— “‘State of Denial’ is about how the president and his people got us into a war without any plan to get out.”

— “The star of the book is [Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld. People had more to say about him than anyone, mostly unfavorable.”

— “Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, said the book was ‘cotton candy.’ He thought he was making fun of the book, not realizing that spun-sugar candy sells books.”

— “The biggest surprise is Woodward’s revelation that Andrew Card, the president’s chief of staff, was ‘Deep Throat.'”

— “The word that keeps cropping up is ‘dysfunctional.’ The White House is a dysfunctional family, and Woodward gets inside to tell you what they were fighting about all the time.”

— “[Woodward was able get a lot of information for the book] because a majority of the people he talked to had left the White House bitterly or at least ‘dysfunctionally.’ They were pleased to have someone to talk to about their grudge.”

Buchwald, who is syndicated by Tribune Media Services, concluded: “I am a Woodward fan. I lunch more with him than I do Tony Snow. The other reason I liked the book is that I love spun-sugar candy. It leaves a nice taste in my mouth.”

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