A hacker named Guccifer breached the email accounts of several people in and tangentially tied to the Bush family, including George W. Bush’s sister Dorothy, H.W. pal Willard Heminway and CBS broadcaster Jim Nantz, who likely called it “a traditional hack unlike any other.”
The Smoking Gun broke the story about Guccifer’s “audacious” hack, which yielded sensitive family emails, information on just how close to death Bush 41 was in December, odd pictures with Ralph Lauren and some self-portraits of George W. Bush in the bath and the shower, sent to his sister.
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Perhaps most curiously, the emails suggest that Jeb Bush thinks his father, and his father alone, is ultimately responsible for the image rehabilitation of Bill Clinton: “how kind he was with President Clinton and he helped restore his sordid reputation. A very tough thing to do but with kindness, dad probably helped Bill Clinton than anything he himself has done.”
The hacked e-mails reveal that Bush’s health was so perilous in late-December that the former president’s chief of staff wrote his children to inform them that “your dad’s funeral team is having an emergency meeting at 10 a.m. just to go through all the details.” The Bush aide, Jean Becker, noted that this information “fell under the broadening category of things NOT TO TELL YOUR MOTHER.”
In a December 26 e-mail to his siblings, George W. Bush wrote that he was “thinking about eulogy” and solicited stories that best illustrated their father’s sweet nature, favorite jokes, and acts of kindness. “Hopefully I’m jumping the gun,” noted Bush, who added, “But since the feeling is that you all would rather me speak than bubba, please help.” The mention of “bubba” is apparently a reference to Clinton, whom Bush has referred to as a “brother” due to his close relationship with George H. W. Bush.
Another hacked e-mail showed that presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett forwarded a personal message in late-December to the ailing Bush from President Barack Obama, who wrote that, “Michelle and I haven’t wanted to impinge on you while you are recuperating, but please know that we are thinking of you and the entire family.”
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Will Guccifer fear the reaper? “i have an old game with the fucking bastards inside, this is just another chapter in the game,” he told The Smoking Gun.