Bush secretly taped
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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 dont want some little kid doing what I tried. A former aide to Bushs father, Doug Wead, made the tapes without the future presidents knowledge, between 1998 and 2000. Bush, who was just bursting into national politics, predicted that voters would forgive his wild past. Thats 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 wouldnt kick gays to lure conservative voters. Its me versus the world, Bush said at another point. The good news is, the worlds on my side.