Bush: "Poor people are lazy"
The professor, Yoshi Tsurumi, recalled that when he was leading a discussion on whether the government should assist retirees and other people on fixed incomes with heating costs, Bush said, "The government doesn't have to help poor people...they are lazy." And when Tsurumi showed the film "The Grapes of Wrath," Bush sneered. "We were in a discussion of the New Deal," Tsurumi said, "and he called Franklin Roosevelt's policies 'socialism.' He denounced labor unions, the Securities and Exchange Commission, Medicare, Social Security, you name it. He denounced the civil rights movement as socialism. To him, socialism and communism were the same thing. And when challenged to explain his prejudice, he could not defend his argument, either ideologically, polemically, or academically."
Students who challenged and embarrassed Bush in class would then become the subject of a whispering campaign by him, Tsurumi said. "In class, he couldn't challenge them. But after class, he sometimes came up to me in the hallway and started bad-mouthing those students who had challenged him. He would complain that someone was drinking too much. It was innuendo and lies. Behind his smile and his smirk, he was a very insecure, cunning, and vengeful guy."
Tsurumi said Bush sometimes came late to class and often sat in the back of the classroom, wearing a bomber jacket from the Texas Air National Guard and spitting chewing tobacco into a cup.
"At first," Tsurumi said, "I wondered, 'Who is this George Bush?' It's a very common name and I didn't know his background. And he was such a bad student that I asked him once how he got in. He said, 'My dad has good friends.'" Bush scored in the lowest 10 percent of the class.
But Bush is not as dumb as many people think, Tsurumi said. "He was just badly brought up, with no discipline, and no compassion."