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An Offer He Couldn’t Refuse

We all know George W. Bush is a big old wuss. He talks big. But that’s about it. Aside from strutting around on air craft carriers, that’s about all there is too him. The man is “all hat and not cattle,” we know. But was the leader of the free world scared of Karl Rove?

It sounds like it.

If you’re going to fire someone, you want to make sure you do it in a place where the now-unemployed can’t make a scene.

You know…a place like, say, a church.

That, according to a new book – “Machiavelli’s Shadow” – by former Time magazine reporter Paul Alexander, is where President George W. Bush informed trusted advisor Karl Rove in 2007 that his services would no longer be needed at the White House.

“On a Sunday in midsummer, George W. Bush accompanied Karl Rove to the Episcopalian Church Rove sometimes attended,” writes Alexander. “They made their way to the front of the congregation. Then, during their time in the church, Bush gave Rove some stunning news. ‘Karl,’ Bush said, ‘there’s too much heat on you. It’s time for you to go.’”

Maybe Bush knew what he was doing in breaking such bad news in such serene atmosphere: As Alexander documents, Rove has quite the temper.

“He’s got a temper and a loud voice and he used it,” said Bill Miller, a consultant who worked for and against Rove in Texas. “He’s known for getting hot. There are buttons people know about. Losing and getting screwed with will [upset] him in a hurry.”

There’s more than a little irony here, of course. The “heat” on Rove was largely due to his role in the Valerie Plame affair. If Rove’s own words — and Joe Wilson’s too — are to be believed, then Bush fired Rove in the church that both Rove and the Wilsons attended.

Of course, it probably didn’t dawn on him. Though it probably dawned on Rove.

[Picture via alykat @ Flickr.]

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