This is a rush transcript from "Your World With Neil Cavuto," September 25, 2009. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: I think those personnel experts have it wrong. They keep saying hell hath no fury like a worker scorned. Not so. Hell hath no fury like a worker ignored.
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CAVUTO: I got a lot of heat on that.
A former speechwriter blasting George Bush in his new kiss-and-tell- all book. So, I take a stab back. And now Matt Latimer, that former speechwriter and author of "Speech-Less," here to respond.
And, Matt, you basically didn't like the way I portrayed you as someone who was dismissed at the White House, who had a vendetta — which is effectively what I was saying.
MATT LATIMER, FORMER SPEECHWRITER FOR PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Well, yes.
And, Neil, first of all, I want to thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to come on and to share my views.
CAVUTO: Sure. Sure.
LATIMER: And that's the kind of show you've had. And I really appreciate that.
You know, I do want to say one thing for your viewers: I respect President Bush. I truly do.
CAVUTO: You've got a funny way of showing it in the book.
LATIMER: No. You know, after 9/11, the nation will never be able to forget that the president said he would do everything in his power to keep this country safe from another attack. And he kept that pledge.
CAVUTO: But you weren't there during 9/11.
LATIMER: No, I was at the Pentagon after 9/11. I was in the Senate then.
CAVUTO: I know. But the perception with the year or so you were in the White House is that the guy was an idiot.
LATIMER: No, no, no.
Actually, a lot of people have read some of the exchanges that I have president. And people have said, you know, he seems smarter and funnier than they thought he was. And he's a very smart and funny person.
CAVUTO: Did they read the same book I did? Because you're recounting the whole financial crisis and this big rescue, which was a big anathema to conservatives, as you recall, Matt, that the president didn't even know what he was signing onto.
LATIMER: Well, you know, I — one of the things I wanted to do with this book is to give people an opportunity to draw their own conclusions. They can read what people have said.
And my book, by the way, is not just about the Bush administration. It's about an entire time I have spent as a conservative in Washington, from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon.
CAVUTO: See, I got that. And you are a disillusioned conservative. And you're not — wouldn't — the first one who is disillusioned.
LATIMER: Right. Correct.
CAVUTO: Scott McClellan sort of paved the way here.
CAVUTO: But I got the impression that you were disappointed that the president didn't give you any big assignments. I know the president has only so many speechwriters, like three or four of you. But I'm told by people in the White House, Matt, that you were like the lowest man on that totem poll.
LATIMER: Well, you know, I have heard that, too. And I have read those articles.
I actually was one of the top two writers at the very end of my time with the Bush administration. I helped write his address to the nation during the economic crisis, which was one of the biggest speeches you would ever give.
And I actually — when I left the White House in October, on my own accord, I wrote a letter to the president thanking him because he had asked — he had called me and asked me politely if I would stay a little bit longer.
So, I mean, at least in his mind...
CAVUTO: Well, why did you leave?
LATIMER: Well, I had gone through the economic crisis. I had gone through the — a lot of the 2008 campaign. And, like a lot of people who watch this show, I felt like, you know, we send people who say they are conservatives to Washington and then they disappoint us.
And for all the wonderful things the president has done, I think it is OK to discuss the failings of a conservative...
CAVUTO: But you're there only a year or so.
LATIMER: Well, I was there for nearly two years and in his administration for five.
CAVUTO: I know. I know. But my point was that, you know, there is this talk that you had a West Wing office and then you were moved to the Old Executive Office Building.
I know, in my case, Matt, if they move me out of this building and had me in the nearby Tad's Steakhouse, I mean — well, that wouldn't actually be a bad thing.