Yesterday during an interview with Politico’s Mike Allen, President Bush said that the one thing he looks forward to after leaving the White House is getting back to the old days of e-mailing his “buddies” and his “pals”:
ALLEN: Mr. President, the one thing we don’t see in here is a computer, and we know that you went cold turkey off email for security reasons. What are you looking forward to when you finally get your computer back?
BUSH: Emailing to my buddies. I can remember as governor I stayed in touch with all kinds of people around the country, firing off emails at all times of the day to stay in touch with my pals. [...] I want to stay in touch with them and there’s no better way to communicate with them than through email.
While Allen noted that Bush “went cold turkey off email for security reasons,” don’t be fooled. Bush isn’t trying to protect himself from hackers or terrorists. As Bush noted in an October 2006 interview with CNBC, he is afraid of “record requests,” or “in other words,” as Bush often says, he doesn’t want anyone trying to find out what he’s up to:
BUSH: I tend not to email or — not only tend not to email, I don’t email, because of the different record requests that can happen to a president. [...] So, in other words, I’m very cautious about emailing.
Indeed, the entire Bush administration has been “cautious about emailing.” As a result, the National Security Archive and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington are suing the administration for allegedly violating the Presidential Records Act for failing to archive official e-mails. In fact, the administration just revealed that it failed to archive e-mails sent during the launch of the Iraq war.
It’s too bad all of Bush’s unethical and perhaps illegal activity have prevented his “buddies” from hearing from him over the last seven years.