According to AP,
President Bush was concerned "his mistakes as a youth" would disqualify him from running for the nation's highest office, said an old friend who secretly recorded private conversations in which Bush appears to acknowledge past drug use.
I sincerely doubt old friend and secret recording can be used in the same sentence in anything other than in an ironic fashion. The "I was recording it for history" is anything but a defense:
Wead said he didn't intend for the tapes to become public in his lifetime, but he was forced to release them by his publisher. Wead is the author of "The Raising of a President: The Mothers and Fathers of Our Nation's Leaders," which was published by Atria and went on sale last month.
Look Wead, if you are recording your famous "friend" without his knowledge for a book or for "history" you are still a betrayer of that friendship. Its not clear if Bush knew he was writing a book, but it does not really matter.
The recordings themselves only add a little confirmation to what has been floating around for a long time. I remember discussing Bush's purported drug use before his first governor election. It was significant then as now for on the issue of "do as I say not as I did," "youthful" indiscretions, and mandatory drug sentences.
update: left out a "not"