George W Bush has been through some tough times as he has destroyed his own country.
Observers of the pre-nuptial proceedings at the Crawford cult ranch in Texas cited those long hard days of Presidential suffering in explanation for the bizarre goings on between prospective son-in-law and Papa Bush.
Many a future father-in-law wants to have a kind of paternal chat with the man who is about to bed down with his little girl. Many do not engage in extraordinary renditions, water boarding and all manner and means of torture forbidden in civilized nations agreements since the Magna Carta.
Bush defended his fatherly "welcome" of his daughter's groom by reference to his Yale days: "I was a Skull and Bones President at Yale. Torture was our brand and so when my father got me into the US presidency the way he got me into his Alma Mater, Yale, I just thought it was like another secret fraternal society. That's how I initiated my little girl's boy. Welcome to the family!"