In Surrender Is Not an Option, Bolton reveals that during a September 2006 trip to the U.N., Bush "vaguely offered an invitation to a farewell event at the White House." Bush probably dropped that thought immediately, but Annan didn't. Bolton, who by then had decided to quit after a year rather than face a confirmation fight to keep his job, says Annan's office "harassed [the White House] unmercifully ... to schedule something." It gets worse: Annan wanted former Clintonites invited, including Bush critic Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state. She didn't attend.
By Paul Bedard