George W. Bush: Presidential afterlife is ‘awesome’
July 18th, 2012
12:06 PM ET
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George W. Bush: Presidential afterlife is ‘awesome’

(CNN) – George W. Bush says the “afterlife” of his Presidency has been, simply put, "awesome."

Bush’s wife, Laura, used the term “afterlife” to describe life after the presidency as documented by Bush in his book, "Decision Points," published after he left the White House. Asked by interviewer Peter Robinson of the Hoover Institution what Bush wanted to accomplish in his “afterlife,” Bush said contrary to the name, the “afterlife” has been “awesome.”

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“I don’t want to undermine our president, whoever is president, and a former president can do that, and I think it’s bad for the presidency itself. And so I’m pretty content. The afterlife – really what she should have said was we’re now getting ready to start a new chapter in our life - afterlife being the afterlife of the presidency - but afterlife kind of gives the sense that you’re dead. And I have found that life after the presidency is awesome,” said Bush.

Bush discussed presidential life and work at the Bush Institution coinciding with the launch of the former president's book on economic growth - "The 4 Percent Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs."

“Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful but I have no desire for fame and power any more,” said Bush referring to his presidency.

Bush, who has been relatively absent from public life since leaving office, said he feels "a certain sense of liberation" stepping out of the spotlight.

"Well the other person who has served as a role model for me for a long time was George H. W. Bush, who famously said once you leave the stage you stay off the stage, and I thought long and hard about that. And decided that not being on the stage was something I am comfortable with," said Bush.

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soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Rick in L.A.

    May G.W. Bush never forget his legacy as the worst remembered president in U.S. history, who ruined the lives of so many good citizens. May he dissappear into the void. How awesome that will be.

    July 18, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  2. To a Proud Conservative Vetran

    Are you kidding – Bush was losing over 750,000 jobs per month, my taxes are lower, Obama did not blow through a Surplus National Budget – Duh – Yes we are all better off than when Bush and Chaney were in Office!

    July 18, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Pander Bear

    YOUR Presidential afterlife might be "awesome", but the afterlife the rest of us have experienced from your Presidency has been a nightmare.

    WORST PRESIDENT EVER. Ulysses Grant is doing cartwheels in heaven.

    July 18, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  4. JD

    Why wouldn't it be awesome for W. He came in a multi-millionaire, started one of the biggest wars in history and left even richer.

    July 18, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. the hated one

    Bush, W, Worst president ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 18, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Lynn

    Maybe he uses "awesome" in its context of fearsome, because those eight years were horrifying. I wonder every day of my life how this man looks at himself in the mirror with so much blood on his hands from our boys and girls and from innocent civilians; with so much chaos in our economy arising from his policies; with his lies about WMD and allowing Rummy and Rove and Cheney to run roughshod over the American populace; with his thumbing his nose at the constitution and declaring himself above the law. I hold him personally responsible for the deaths of every single one of our 6,440 service members whose families have had to bury them. And the fact that the RNC pretends he doesn't exist gives me satisfaction, too. They must see him for what he is. An "awesome" failure.

    July 18, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  7. RealityBites

    We thought you were the worse and then came Obama..., a new all time low.

    July 18, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Dave

    It is interesting to see the left demonize Bush. They bash him for deficits, debt and unemployment (with the help of a democratically controlled congress by the way), and then Obama makes each of these areas worse. At least be consistent about stupid policies.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. coy4one

    Must be nice! Put the country near bankruptcy and then leave and say it's awesome to be out of the spotlight.

    July 18, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. mannycl

    Those who look at George W. Bush as as the worst president in history should look at the present one: more than 8% unemployment for 3 years, an abysmal debt and a record of class warfare. Mr Obama is a hypocrite that won't stop to anything in order to get reelected definetely he will be remembered as the worst ever president in the whole histoy of the US.

    July 18, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    After 8 years his life is awesome , ours in ????????????

    July 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  12. Wes B.

    I agree that it's been AWESOME having Bush out of the White House.

    July 18, 2012 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  13. difoderit

    Proud Conservative Veteran wrote

    Are you better off now than you were four years ago?

    Yes – Very much so thanks for your concern.... however, I do worry though if there are voters out there stupid enough to allow millionaires the rights to purchase elections

    July 18, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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