The Trail Out Of Texas

How Bush and Lay got cozy in the Lone Star State--and what each man got out of the relationship

If Ken Lay finally raises his right hand in a Senate hearing room this week, one of the things his interrogators will want to know is just how close the former Enron CEO was to George W. Bush. Their relationship dates back to before Bush was Governor of Texas. Bush sent Lay a chummy note on his 55th birthday in 1997 ("Wow! That is really old," Bush wrote. "It's a good thing your wife is so young and beautiful"). But last week in Texas, Bush allies claimed Bush never fully trusted Lay, and they portrayed Lay as a classic cowboy type--all...

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