Reading President Bush's memoir "Decision Points," former Bush campaign adviser Mark McKinnon recognized the man he knew and admired. "Contrary to conventional wisdom, President Bush is very smart, quietly reflective, often contrite, and deeply humble. He is also a strong leader who, while relying on the strong counsel of many around him, makes his own decisions. He was secure enough to hire a vice president like Dick Cheney, and strong enough that it was never in doubt who was the boss," McKinnon wrote for the Daily Beast. McKinnon also said the book highlights a key difference between Bush and President Obama. "Bush never complains. He never blames others. He takes full responsibility for his campaigns, his administration, his life. He accepts the cards he's dealt. That's the George Bush I know." Not surprisingly, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd had a different read of both the president and the book: "In his deftly crafted and utterly selective new memoir, W. is the president we all wished him to be: compassionate, bipartisan, funny, charming, instinctive, independent, able to admit and learn from mistakes — and a good dad, who sang his twin girls the Yale fight song as a lullaby. Heck, after I finished reading it, I was ready to vote for the guy. . . . But when I look at the sad eyes of President Obama, buried alive with his party beneath the heedless decisions and reckless spending and tax cuts of his predecessor, I snap out of it."