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Back already, George W. Bush hits the lecture trail

Former Republican President George W. Bush is hitting the lecture circuit starting with Canada in March 2009

Ten days ago Barack Obama made his first foreign trip as president -- to Canada.

Next month, George W. Bush will make his first foreign trip as ex-president -- to Canada.

Like most former VIPs, he's taking to the lecture circuit, which pays quite handsomely for simply talking. Ex-President Clinton can pull down more than $100,000 for a speech, something which his political communications staff used to be happy to arrange without charge just for the free media time.

Clinton's former sidekick, Al Gore, has received nearly that much for his environmental talks. But he also has to do a slide show for that.

Like his brother Jeb and wife Laura, Bush has signed with the Washington Speakers Bureau to make appearances in the U.S. and abroad. Asia and Europe are already on the calendar. So far, according to Mike Allen of Politico.com, Bush has 10 speeches lined up for this year with others to come.

His first speech is scheduled for the convention center in Calgary, Alberta on March 17 to a predominantly business group; it's being billed as a two-hour conversation with Bush, closed to the media. Through the oil and related businesses, Calgary has countless commercial connections with Texas and also is the Canadian city with the largest American population.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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There are always going to be right wing fanatics who'll continue to drink the kool aid. So Bush'll always be able to take in a few bucks with a speech. Do doubt touting his successes as president; how the left wing media did him in and how the Godless liberals are going to spend this country into ruin. Of course, when the wingnut Limbaugh and a 13 year old are the highlight of the latest GOP confab---Bush will seem sane and reasonable by comparison. Sadly, the tragic Bush legacy will be with us for decades. Just because a man is out of power---the effects of his policies don't immediately end--witness Hitler, Stalin and Nixon as examples.

Don't tell me there are people who would honestly pay to see this demented travesty. Whose circus will he be featured in? Is Ringling Bros. still in operation?

So long as I don't have to listen to him, pay him to speak, or even acknowledge he exists, okey-dokey by me. Peace.

What in the world could he have to say worth $5 and all-you-can-eat chili dogs let alone $100,000?

I guess you can use his perspective as an antithesis of what the people of earth should do, but didn't everyone get an 8-agonizing-year dose of this?

I'll have my hand up this puppet-presidents arse just like the old days. Now we have all day to plan the destruction of this country.

He may be on the speaking trail but I doubt he has anything of value to say.

He needs speech therapy first in order to put together a cohesive sentence.

What's he going to say to Canadian business people, "I wrecked the world economy, destroyed your financial security, and sent millions of people into poverty. But here's how to cheat, steal, and rob your way to the top of your industry." That anyone would want to hear from this man, let a lone pay to do so, is just outrageous.

Well that's great! The comic relief continues. I bet youtubers can't wait.

After eight years of lies, stomping on the Constitution, epic incompetence and in the end, leaving the world economy in ruins, a person with any sense of decency would go into hiding. Not Bush. But I don't blame him for taking the money. We already knew he was tone deaf and clueless. I blame the groupies and dead-enders who think he deserves a reward.

Unspeakable. Thats what I think!

Thanks be, that George Bush is still around. Lets hope there are enough pieces left after Obama, so that the country can be put back together. If anyone cares to notice, the taxpayers are getting the shaft and the non-taxpayers are getting the gold. Soon, anyone on any entitlement program, will be the ones with the car, going to college, eating whatever they want, have houses without responsibility, and maybe even have taxpayers working for them. And to make matters worse, do I know not even one person who doesn't have a fallback plan to get into some bailout of entitlement program, no! Politicians are cowards and are afraid of the entitlement folks, and because of it, the non-taxpayers now hold all the power.

Wow talk about money going down the drain, I bet you can get a Parrot to say something more interesting, than what comes out of Bush's mouth. Clinton and Gore can charge the money, because the have a brain. where as Bush, he is waiting for a Brain transplant.

He can talk?

Are the tickets free? I've always heard that you get what you pay for. Maybe he can answer some questions. Like, why did you try your hardest to ruin the free worlds economic system? Why, if the war in Iraq was so important, why were your children exempt from serving their country? Why, if you, during your Presidency term had nothing to do with the fleecing of our people, did you refer to Ken Lay, as Kenny boy? Why, when you talk of the war you started, do you grin? Do you not think of the lives you wasted and the filled caskets you are responsible for? How in the hell do you sleep at night? That's the big question. How in the hell do you sleep at night, and how do you shave yourself in the morning?

Re. W. hitting the lecture trail: Why would anyone have any interest in what the man has to say, even if he spoke for free? Over the course of eight years, he showed no evidence of ever having had an original thought in his life. His administration was among the most disastrous anywhere, ever. Maybe he will speak to largely empty rooms.

My size 10's go with GWB to Calgary.

We miss you GW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I just completed this movie which literally crawled underneath my light skin arms. The movie was titled none of the less ,"W". I was excited to watch this so called redocumentation into the life of George W Bush but I just think I wasted my movie money for this upcomming Friday. Anyways I am living in Germany so that my father whom I dearly love could go to Iraq. Hmmmmmm so I wonder why in the hell he has to go there? Maybe because that asshole who is luckly going to recieve a check signed by Canadians (who's soldiers were not placed in Iraq) of $ 100,000. Bush thanks for not only ruining America but also for smiling about it and acting as if life would move on anyway. And for those anticipating his speech in Canada you can also have a good time.

So I just completed this movie which literally crawled underneath my light skin arms. The movie was titled none of the less ,"W". I was excited to watch this so called redocumentation into the life of George W Bush but I just think I wasted my movie money for this upcomming Friday. Anyways I am living in Germany so that my father whom I dearly love could go to Iraq. Hmmmmmm so I wonder why in the hell he has to go there? Maybe because that man who we dearly love is luckly going to recieve a check signed by Canadians (who's soldiers were not placed in Iraq) of $ 100,000. Bush thanks for not only ruining America but also for smiling about it and acting as if life would move on anyway. And for those anticipating his speech in Canada you can also have a good time.

We wish we were having gwbush in at this time, he was so conscientious and worked hard every day as a public servant and statesman

Response to David Balmer....Are you a moron? Bush DESTROYED this country. We WILL have hyperinflation before Dec 2009. So think of Duyba and thank him when that happens. All the American Blood and treasure spent on NEEDLESS wars? Bush Jr. is the WORSE ever!


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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