In the class on "Environment Analysis for Management," incorporating elements of macroeconomics, industrial policy and international business, Tsurumi
said students discussed and debated case studies for 90 minutes several times a week.
Tsurumi-now a professor of international business at Baruch College in the City University of New York-said he remembers the future president as scoring in the bottom 10 percent of students in the class.
Thirty years after teaching the class, Tsurumi
said the twenty-something Bush's statements and behavior-"always very shallow"-still stand out in his
"Whenever [Bush] just bumped into me, he had some flippant statement to make," said Tsurumi
when reached at his home in Scarsdale, N.Y. "The comments he made were revealing of his prejudice."
particularly recalls Bush's right-wing extremism at the time, which he
said was reflected in off-hand comments equating the New Deal of the 1930s with socialism and the corporation-regulating Securities and Exchange Commission with "an enemy of capitalism."
"I vividly remember that he
made a comment saying that people are poor because they're lazy," Tsurumi
Tsurumi also said Bush displayed a sense of arrogance about his prominent family, including his father, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush.
said that the younger Bush boasted that his
father's political string-pulling had gotten him to the top of the waiting list for the Texas National Guard
instead of serving in Vietnam.
When other students were frantically scrambling for summer jobs, Tsurumi
said, Bush explained that he
was planning instead for a visit to his
father in Beijing, where the senior Bush was serving at the time as the special U.S. envoy to China.
In addition, Tsurumi
is still sore about what he
recalls as Bush's slight to his