Bush: 'I Don't Give a Darn' What Americans Think of Me
The Bush administration has acquired a well-deserved reputation for ignoring the public's will. Last March, for example, Vice President Cheney famously told ABC's Martha Raddatz that he doesn't care about the public's views on the Iraq war.
In part because of this disregard for the public, President Bush leaves office with the lowest approval ratings in modern history -- 34 percent. In an exit interview yesterday with Larry King, Bush made clear that he is quite happy ignoring the public, saying that he doesn't "give a darn" that Americans simply disdain him:
KING: How do you feel personally when you -- you see the ratings and the polls that -- and have you at 25, 30 percent...
BUSH: I don't give a darn. I feel the same way as when they had me at 90 plus.
KING: The same?
BUSH: Yes, look it -- these opinion polls are nothing but a, you know, a shot of yesterday's news.