The current woes of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, whose agency is mired in a scandal of the dismissal of eight U.S. attorneys in 2006, pale when compared to his disadvantaged upbringing. And that, says at least one author, is what binds Gonzales to his boss, President Bush.
As Bill Minutaglio tells NPR's Michele Norris, Gonzales was born and raised so desperately poor that his "rise above the clouds" has made him extremely loyal to President Bush and Mr. Bush extremely loyal to him.
According to Minutaglio, Gonzales has made his way to the White House by putting his client's interests above all other considerations.
Minutaglio is the author of The President's Counselor: The Rise to Power of Alberto Gonzales.