The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of the Bush Era

Timothy Goeglein spent nearly eight years in the White House as President George W. Bush’s key point of contact to American conservatives and the faith-based world and was frequently profiled in the national news media. But when a plagiarism scandal prompted his resignation, Goeglein chose not to dodge it but confront it, and was shown remarkable grace by the president. In fact, Bush showed more concern for Goeglein and his family than any personal political standing.

So begins The Man in the Middle, Goeglein’s unique insider account of why he believes most of the 43rd president’s in-office decisions were made for the greater good, and how many of those decisions could serve as a blueprint for the emergence of a thoughtful, confident conservatism. From a fresh perspective, Goeglein gives behind-the-scenes accounts of key events during that historic two-term administration, reflecting on what was right and best about the Bush years. He was in Florida for the 2000 election recount, at the White House on 9/11, and watched Bush become a reluctant but effective wartime president.

Goeglein, now the vice president with Focus on the Family, also looks back at how Bush handled matters like stem cell research, faith-based initiatives, the emergence of the Values Voters, the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito-in which Goeglein had a direct role-and debates over the definition of marriage.

In all, The Man in the Middle backs historians who view the legacy of President George W. Bush in a favorable light, recognizing his conservative ideas worth upholding in order to better shape our nation and change the world.

One Response to “The Man in the Middle: An Inside Account of the Bush Era”

  1. Goeglein is the friend of a friend.  I missed an opportunity to meet him and have lunch with him a couple of years ago because he was called away unexpectedly at the last minute, so I’ve never met him, but I’ve heard him speak to a large gathering about some of these experiences. It takes a failure of character to do what he did (something every human being knows first hand, if we’re honest about ourselves), but it shows he knows where to re-locate his character to be able to humbly admit his sin.  Goeglein has that.I’ve already downloaded this book on Kindle, and am looking forward to what I think is going to be an interesting read.