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LONG TIME PRESIDENTIAL CONFIDANTE TONY BENNETT SPILLS ON BUSH AND IRAQ WAR
September 21 2011
New York, NY – There is little debating that Tony Bennett has lived a remarkable life, gone many places and seen many things. He has lived the life, frankly, that few people would even dream of having. Even well into his eighties Bennett is still cruising along and living the life, a remarkable life no doubt.
Now though, following a an interview with Howard Stern, we have gained new insight into certain aspects of that remarkable life including a long-time relationship with multiple Presidents. In the interview, Bennett dished on secret talks between himself and former President George W. Bush in which the former President expressed his regrets for the Iraq War. While such a revelation may seem a breach of privacy and trust, Bennett’s long-time capacity as a confidante and advisor to Presidents over the years may immunize him against any future criticism.
“He told me personally that night, he says, ‘I think I made a mistake,’” Bennett told Stern of his conversations with Bush. A spokesperson for the President later denied such a statement, Bennett has remained firm and promised to speak on other topics entrusted to him by former Presidents.
“Tony has been in touch with just about every President since the late fifties. It was really Eisenhower who brought him into the inner circle. He really loved Tony’s silky smooth voice and his casual attitude towards things and just wanted to be around that. Tony just never left,” said a spokesperson for the singer. “He knows a lot of
things, a lot of secrets, most of which will stay with him. However he feels that, with his advancing age, there may be a few things that the American public needs to know and he is willing to tell them.”
The only President that Bennett has not acted as an advisor to was Gerald Ford. Bennett though remained close Ford’s Vice-President Nelson Rockefeller.
“He hasn’t been as in touch with Barack Obama, that is very much a generational thing, but he has still been around. I can tell you with full permission from Tony himself that he was right outside that situation room listening when they got bin Laden. Frankly, Tony advised the President against it, but he isn’t the first to reject his advice,” continued the spokesperson. “Usually though he has been right. He told Nixon not to worry about the Democrats in the election and he invited Kennedy to one of his concerts, pleaded with him to come, but instead he went to Texas. Tony has seen some things, like I said, but he isn’t going to tell you all of them.”
Bennett was also apparently at Reagan’s bedside shortly after his shooting, singing to him, and helped Monica Lewinsky escape the Oval Office on more than a few occasions.
“When the history of Tony Bennett is written it will focus on his music, inevitably, but this is something that should really be documented much better. It’s been well known in the inner circle that he has been around but it has been hidden to the public, until now that is, and hopefully that will help add it to the public record,” said Scrape TV Historical analyst Lars Luger. “Tony Bennett has had an undeniable impact on the history of the United States and the world at large, something which people now are able to recognize, and he should be fully credited, and blamed, for that.”
Contrary to his pacifist views, Bennett apparently advised George Bush Sr. to attack Iraq following the invasion of Kuwait in 1990.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent