Of course, the 43rd president doesn’t have kind words for all the Members of Congress he mentions in the book. Bush’s relationships with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) aren’t discussed at length, but when the president mentions them, the two are usually depicted as obstacles in Bush’s legislative and political goals.
For example, Bush writes that he blames Reid, at least in part, for killing immigration reform. At the height of the controversial effort, Bush (at the urging of Kennedy) pushed Reid to keep the Senate in session over the weekend before the July Fourth recess. Bush’s pitch didn’t work.
“I thought it would be worthwhile to allow them a little extra time for the bill to pass,” Bush writes. “Apparently, Harry Reid did not. ... Senators went home and listened to angry constituents stirred up by the loud voices on radio and TV. By the time they came back to Washington, immigration reform was dead.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.