George W. Bush's new memoir Decision Points hits bookstores today, and in an interview timed to its release the former president offered a personal account of some critical moments in his presidency, and defended some of his most controversial decisions. He also expounded on his failures. Speaking about mistakes made in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, for instance, he said, "I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor and walked out and said, 'I hear you. We understand and we're going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed.'" In a pre-release look at the memoir, the Web site Drudge Report said Bush gives a "strikingly personal" account of his days in office and he takes few shots at his opponents, even steering clear of President Obama. The former president also reveals he gave the order to shoot down planes on September 11.
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