Ex-Treasury Secretary Criticizes Bush in Book

Former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill, pushed out of the administration for not being a team player, says President Bush was so disengaged during Cabinet meetings that he was like a “blind man in a roomful of deaf people.”

O’Neill, who has kept silent about the circumstances surrounding his ouster from the Cabinet 13 months ago, gives his side of the story in a new book, “The Price of Loyalty,” written by Ron Suskind. O’Neill paints Bush as a disengaged president who didn’t encourage debate at Cabinet meetings or in one-on-one meetings with his Cabinet secretaries.

O’Neill was fired in December 2002 when Bush shook up his economic team.