As a follow up to my posting “Governor W. George Bush ‘Outed’” on February, 20…. I direct your attention to this news article from Joe Crea at the Washington Blade.
Secret tapes shed light on Bush and gays – Washington Blade
Apparently Doug Wead, the former Bush confidant with the secret tapes, was fired from the White House for showing his own anti-gay bias.
The man who secretly taped phone conversations with President Bush in 1998 was fired from the George H.W. Bush administration in 1990 because he objected to gay activists participating in two White House bill signings, according to media reports from the time.
Doug Wead, a former special assistant to the first President Bush, and the man who secretly recorded private conversations with then Gov. George W. Bush in 1998, was reportedly fired after objecting to the presence of gay leaders at two presidential bill signing ceremonies: the Hate Crimes Statistics Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Looks like when Bush told Doug Wead in the secret tapes that he didn’t want to “kick gays”…. he meant it and showed Doug the door.
UPDATE: Commenters have rightly pointed out that it was President Bush “41” who fired Wead. My bad. I guess not wanting to “kick gays” runs in the family?