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01/10/04 - Washington

Fired Treasury Secretary O'Neill Speaks Out on Bush Administration

Ex-Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says he found President Bush so disengaged during Cabinet meetings that he seemed like, quote, "a blind man in a roomful of deaf people."

The blunt-spoken O'Neill has withheld criticism of the administration until now. He's involved in a new book called "The Price of Loyalty" and speaks out about it tomorrow night on the CBS "60-Minutes" program.

O'Neill says during his two years in the administration, the White House decision-making process was so flawed that top officials often had no real idea of what the president wanted them to do.

The former head of industry giant, Alcoa, was forced out of the administration after criticizing planned tax cuts.

White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan, when asked for comment, said, "I don't do book reviews."

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