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George W. Bush: 'I miss being pampered'


George W. Bush is coming out with a book. Yep, he knows the irony of that too.

"This will come as a shock to some people in our country who didn't think I could read a book, much less write one," the former president told a crowd of 2,000 at the University of Texas at Tyler.

Correction, 10/22:
This post says that in 1993, Bush told Brit Hume of Fox News that he didn't read newspapers. That interview was in 2003.

In 1993, our 43rd president told Brit Hume of Fox News that he didn't read newspapers. "I glance at the headlines just to kind of get a flavor for what's moving," he said. "I rarely read the stories."

In a speech that reportedly got many laughs and at least three standing ovations, Bush says his life is now very different than it was when he was fighting terrorists, battling Congress and being lampooned by the likes of Michael Moore.

“Ten days out of the presidency, there I was with a plastic bag in my hand, picking up that which I had been dodging for eight years,” Bush said.

“I miss being pampered. I miss Air Force One. I miss being commander in chief of an awesome" military, he said to the sold-out audience.

Of the forthcoming memoir, he said it is not a tell-all or a pat on the back. "It's not a judgmental book. It's not a 'Bush is cool' (book)."

Good marketing, since there are very few Bush is Cool sections at bookstores.

-- Tony Pierce

Photo: Former President Bush speaks to a sold-out crowd at the University of Texas at Tyler on Tuesday night. Credit: Dr. Scott M. Lieberman / Associated Press

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The "1993" article you linked to is actually from 2003.

I never thought I would say this _ but i miss this side of Bush -
in comparison , he is much more humble than Obama and funnier

poor guy...I don't pity him, because he enjoys his life no matter what. He is the most and probably the only ordinary man, we had for a President

There is a huge difference between 1993 and 2003. In 2003 GWB was getting daily info on pretty well everything he was dealing with. He knew that his info was ahead of what was in newspapers. I might not read newspapers much either in that situation, and I love reading newspapers.

Also, I seem to recall the comment and I am pretty sure it was in reference to a question an interviewer asked about how he was being portrayed in the media.

It might seem like a small thing, but suggesting in 1993 GWB did not read newspapers makes him look like an idiot. It is part of the constant disparaging the Dems do the GOP and the GOP does to the Dems. It discredits America and has contributed to your problems, both at home and abroad. It is shameful.

How many parents miss their son or daughter who were sent to their death in Iraq?

Bush and his book? Wondering who had the stomach to write that for him. God knows he can't read!

This article is for anyone who may still doubt that this guy was, is, and will always be a complete jackass.


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