Man who secretly recorded Bush says he regrets publication:
"WASHINGTON - An old friend of President Bush who secretly recorded their private conversations and released them to the media said he has regrets and is turning the tapes over to Bush.
Doug Wead allowed journalists to hear and broadcast the tapes in the past week as he promoted his new book on presidential parents. But he said he canceled plans to be on 'Hardball' on MSNBC Tuesday night to talk about his regrets because 'it would only add to the distraction I have caused to the president's important and historic work.'
'Contrary to a statement that I made to the New York Times, I have come to realize that personal relationships are more important than history,' Wead wrote in a letter to the show's host, Chris Matthews, that MSNBC released to the public on Wednesday. 'I am asking my attorney to direct any future proceeds from the book to charity and to find the best way to vet these tapes and get them back to the president to whom they belong. History can wait.' "
The release of these tapes added nothing to our knowledge of George Bush, and they made Doug Wead appear to be an unscrupulous moneygrubber. This gesture is the right gesture, but it's a little late.