11 August 2008

Bob Byrd Model of Transformation for Americans

The nation's longest-serving U.S. senator tells candidates John McCain and Barack Obama that to be the great president America needs they need to be what George W. Bush was not.

Be humble, honest and contemplative, Sen. Robert C. Byrd writes in his latest book, "Letter to a New President: Commonsense Lessons for Our Next Leader."

Seek dissenting opinions. Reject the politics of fear. Admit and learn from your mistakes, the 90-year-old West Virginia Democrat advises.

Byrd has long been a critic of the president, and his latest book offers a scathing assessment of Bush: a "son of privilege and dynasty who had defined himself as the president of only that fraction of the country which shared his world view."