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A former confidant this week unveiled secret tapes in which President Bush appeared to admit that he had smoked marijuana as a young man, The New York Times reported. On one tape, Bush defended his refusal to answer the “marijuana question,” saying, “I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.” A former aide to Bush’s father, Doug Wead, made the tapes without the future president’s knowledge, between 1998 and 2000. Bush, who was just bursting into national politics, predicted that voters would forgive his “wild” past. “That’s part of my shtick,” he said, “which is, Look, we have all made mistakes.” Bush also said that he had told evangelical leaders that he wouldn’t “kick gays” to lure conservative voters. “It’s me versus the world,” Bush said at another point. “The good news is, the world’s on my side.”

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