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Father not a policy adviser, says Bush

The United States president denies that former president George Bush advises him on policy matters.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 12:06 IST

The United States President George W Bush denied talk that his father, former president George Bush, advises him on policy, but said "I get inspiration from him as a father."

"I love to talk to my dad about things between a father and a son, not policy," he told Fox News Channel on Monday.

"I get plenty of policy time. I'm interested in talking to a guy I love. And I get inspiration from him as a father."

"I love my dad. But he understands what I know; that the level of information I have relative to the level of information most other people have, including himself, is significant and that he trusts me to make decisions," said Bush.

"I check in with Mother and Dad, I would say, once every two weeks. I love surprising them with an early morning phone call," he told the network in an interview.

"And of course they're worried about their son. They're worried about - they're paying too much attention to the newspapers, I guess," he said.

The relationship between the second father-son pair of presidents in US history has prompted renewed speculation with the pending publication of an Iraq reassessment from a group led by long-time family fixer James Baker.