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Bush was angry that he was being attacked because of his father and his family's connections.
"Mel Turner, a local radio personality and a Republican, said he was leaning toward Mr. Bush but was troubled by the matter of the Trilateral Commission. At a candidate forum at the Branding Iron restaurant in Odessa, Mr. Turner stood up and asked Mr. Bush about the Trilateral Commission and whether his father was working for one-world government.
"He jumped like he'd been pricked," Mr. Turner said. Then, after the meeting, Mr. Turner stood at the door to say goodbye to the candidates.
"Junior Bush comes up, refused to shake my hand, looked me square in the eye and said, 'you . . . ' " using a crude epithet, Mr. Turner recalled. "Then Kent Hance came up and said, 'Mel, I'll see you up at the Tech game."'
"Here's a Republican candidate stepping on the wrong toes," Mr. Turner said. "He was an arrogant rich kid, a spoiled brat."
Bush was clearly frustrated on the drive home. At one point, he said, "Would you like me to run as Sam Smith? The problem is, I can't abandon my background." ("Laura Bush," page 70)
Laura had asked W's mother, Barbara for advice on being the wife of a candidate. As Bush tells it in his autobiography (written with Karen Hughes), "A Charge to Keep," -- "Mother said, 'Don't ever criticize his speeches.' And Laura took that advice to heart, until one night, late in the campaign, when we were driving home from Lubbock. I knew my speech that night had not been good, and I pestered Laura for her reaction all the long way home. I guess I was expecting her to cheer me up, to tell me I had done better than I thought I had. As we drove into the garage, I gave it one last try. 'I didn't do very well, did I?'"
And Laura replied, 'No, it wasn't very good.'
I was so shocked, I drove into the wall of our house."
("A Charge to Keep," page 83)