How refreshing it has been to watch former President George W. Bush over the past few days as he promotes his new book, Decision Points.
It has been so welcomed to hear Mr. Bush describe the honor he feels to have had the privilege to serve his country that he loves – yes, that’s right, he kept saying it over and over again that he loves his country.
He is the most charming, gracious and graceful man. Watching him move from one interview to another simply reminded us of the reason we elected him twice.
He reminded us of how a Commander-in-Chief should look and sound.
Yes, George W., we have missed you greatly.
Highlights from interview with Oprah
To promote his new memoir, “Decision Points,” which hit shelves today, former President George W. Bush sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an intriguing interview that covers everything from booze to Sarah Palin’s chances at the presidency.
Bush cracked jokes, addressed concerns, and asserted that he had no desire to return to the limelight (despite being on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”).
On his first day off with his wife, Laura, after President Obama’s inauguration: “So I’m lying on the couch and she walks in. I said, ‘Free at last’ and she said, ‘Yeah, you’re free alright. You’re free to do the dishes.’ I said, ‘You’re talking to the former president, baby!’ And she said, ‘Consider it your new domestic policy agenda.'”
On moving on: “I view politics as a chapter in my life, and not my life. One of the sacrifices you make is loss of anonymity. I can’t walk down the street! One guy said, ‘Anybody ever say you look like George W. Bush,’ and I said, ‘Yeah, it happens all the time.’ ‘Sure must make you mad.'”
On President Obama: “I have zero desire… to criticize my successor. You aren’t going to see me out there chirping away. I want our president to succeed. I love our country. I want to treat my successor the way I’d like to have been treated. He’s got a plenty tough job, trust me, and there are going to be plenty of critics, and he doesn’t need me criticizing him. I don’t think it’s good for the presidency.”
On taking criticism: “I didn’t pay much attention to it. The guy who called me Satan was Hugo Chavez, so you’ve got to look at the source.”
On being inspired to quit drinking: “I realized I was falling in love with alcohol, and alcohol was crowding out my affections for my wife and my daughters. I got drunk as a skunk at the Broadmoor Hotel, and I made an ass out of myself. I’m like my mother, I’ve got kind of a quick tongue, and if you drank too much, the tongue got a little loose. So I’m sitting next to a lovely 50-year-old woman and I’d had too much to drink, and I said, ‘What is sex like after 50?’ My mother and my wife and my father weren’t really happy with me saying that. Alcohol at times made me a fool. When I was Governor of Texas, I turned 50, and I got a note from the lady: ‘Well, what’s the answer?'”
On the immediate reaction to Sept 11, 2001: “It became very clear to me that my job was to protect the people. I’d had enough experience to know that during a crisis, the leader must project calm… My construct was this: the first one was likely an accident, the second one was an attack, and the third one was a declaration of war. I’m the Commander in Chief and I want to be in Washington D.C. I was thinking war. I thought war for seven and a half years as president, sadly.”
On the missing weapons of mass destruction: “Everybody thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Intelligence agents, many people who became critics of the war later on. We had to treat Saddam Hussein differently after 9/11. When you saw a threat you could not let it materialize… When we didn’t find weapons I felt terrible about it and sick about it, and still do, because a lot of the case in removing Saddam Hussein was based upon weapons of mass destruction… The world’s better with him gone.”
On Hurricane Katrina: “It looked like a nuclear bomb had hit the coast. I shouldn’t have flown over and looked, I made a mistake. I should’ve landed. The problem is that when the President lands, resources are taken off the task at hand to protect the President.”
On Kanye West’s declaration that Bush does not care about black people: “The thing that really, really irritated me was when they said my response [to Katrina] was slow because I was a racist. That really hurt. You can disagree with my politics, but don’t ever accuse me of being a racist. I put a policy in place that I really felt helped people of all races in America. I don’t understand why somebody would accuse me of being a racist. There’s no justification for that whatsoever, and frankly, it speaks to the ugliness of the American political scene.”
On childhood troublemaking: “I wrecked two cars at fourteen. I poisoned Dorothy’s goldfish by pouring vodka in the fishbowl. My mother still loved me. Dorothy didn’t love me, nor did the goldfish.”
On Sarah Palin’s possible presidential bid: “I am not a political pundit. You’re asking me to wade back into the swamp. I’m through with politics. It’s hard for people to believe.”
Interview with Sean Hannity
(Hannity Interview To Be Continued This Saturday Night, Nov. 14, 2010)
The best highlight from interview with Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today Show
(George W. Bush loves our military! Wow! Imagine that, Barack Obama!)
Former President George W. Bush Honors Veterans In Ohio
By Dan Sewell Associated Press / November 12, 2010
DAYTON, Ohio—Former president George W. Bush said Thursday he’s enjoying being away from politics and won’t get involved in current debates about his successor or Washington.
“I will not be criticizing President (Barack) Obama,” Bush told a Veterans Day tribute audience. “As a matter of fact, we wish him well. We’re all Americans, and we want to succeed.”
He said he didn’t miss Washington, “all the politics, all the name calling … the spitballs.”
But he told some 1,500 people, many of them veterans, at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in southwest Ohio that he does miss serving as commander in chief.
With interviews and speeches, Bush has been vigorously promoting his newly released memoir “Decision Points. He focused his speech Thursday on parts of the book dealing with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the support and inspiration he drew from wounded warriors, families of those killed during his presidency, and the military.
“America is a magnificent country that produces patriots,” he said.
He offered thanks to those who have served in the military, “on behalf of a grateful nation,” and smiled as he insisted: “I’ve really come to praise the veterans, not to sell my book. But if I sell a couple of copies, that’s OK, too.”
Charlie Crall, a mailman from nearby Medway, Ohio, said he mainly just wanted to see Bush and hadn’t planned to buy the book. But he said he has decided to buy it after hearing excerpts and seeing some of Bush’s interviews.
“From what I’m hearing, he speaks candidly,” said Crall, 55. “I think it will be good reading.”
Bush was back in a state that was crucial to his presidency. He twice carried Ohio, which clinched his re-election in 2004.
We Will Never Forget This Picture Of President Bush With His Troops
One of the great things that Pres Bush brought back to the Whitehouse, was respect for its history and previous tenants. He also brought back religion and God to our country, as he was an unabashed Christian, and for just those things, but many others I am thankful and always will be!
Barack Obama is the best thing for George Bush’s legacy.