Bush said his son, President Bush, was not displaying sympathy when he referred to the American, John Walker, as "this poor fellow." The president's mother, Barbara Bush, added: "I think the president meant that he's obviously demented. ... He did something terrible." "He meant just sad," said the former president.
Mrs. Bush: "It is sad when someone is so sick that he would cooperate with ..."
Bush: "The enemy."
Mrs. Bush: "That's right. The enemy."
Bush: "He's done. There's no arguing that. There's nobody can get away from the fact that's what he was doing. Unless somebody thought he was held captive against his own will. I guess in fairness we ought to say, 'Well let's wait to see what comes out of it.' But I don't think the president was being sympathetic at all when he used that expression."
Interviewer Diane Sawyer asked: "So it has to be treason?"
Bush: "Well, I don't know. Treason is defined as aid and comfort to the enemy. Well, if you're fighting with the enemy, I guess you're giving them aid. This guy doesn't look like he could be too staunch a fighter but nevertheless, he's on the wrong side. I don't know technically what you'd call it, but I'm so offended by what he allegedly has done. ... I mean, he's just despicable."
Walker, 20, who is from San Anselmo, Calif., was captured with other Taliban forces in northern Afghanistan last month. He is being held on a U.S. ship in the Arabian Sea. There has been no indication what he will be charged with or how his case will be handled.