April 15th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
9 years ago

Stand back: Bush is 'busting stereotypes'

(CNN) – George W. Bush – ex-president, new grandfather, and canine portraitist – doesn't let the still-frequent criticisms of his presidency get him down.

"I'm comfortable with what I did," he said in a new interview with the Dallas Morning News. "I'm comfortable with who I am."

In responding to his own critics, President Barack Obama and his allies often cite inheriting an economy already in free-fall when he assumed office in 2009. But Republicans have also lambasted some of Bush's policies, including running up a deficit, chiefly from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush said much of the criticism is based on inaccurate portrayals of his record, arguing that "when there's an objective analysis of our fiscal record, people will say, 'Well, that's different than I thought.'"

Outside factors like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina had a more overt impact on his time in the White House than for other presidents, Bush asserted, saying "much of my presidency was defined by things that you didn't necessarily want to have happen."

And the war in Iraq, now regarded as a mistake by many Americans, was supported by Democrats and Republicans at the time, Bush recalled.

"It's easy to forget what life was like when the decision was made," Bush said.

And what about those paintings, the products of a new retirement hobby? They include pictures of his late Scottish Terrier Barney Bush, and some puzzling self-portraits of Bush in the bathroom.

He takes "great delight in busting stereotypes," Bush told the Morning News.

"People are surprised," he added. "Of course, some people are surprised I can even read."

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    How comfortable will you be in federal prison where you belong? History will not judge you favorably. Your administration lied this country into war at the cost of thousands of American lives. Please stay in isolation. Your presidency still brings pain to many.

    April 15, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. ThinkAgain: Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited. - SCOTUS Justice Antonin Scalia, District of Columbia v. Heller

    "much of my presidency was defined by things that you didn't necessarily want to have happen."

    Which is why cutting taxes had NEVER been done before in our nation's history – yet Bush did it TWICE

    April 15, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  3. Leigh Burgess

    This man has no soul. As I see the pictures of him smiling and holding his first grandchild, I am thinking today of all the people who were deprived of becoming parents or did not live to see there own grandchildren because of his murderous policies. I am praying for the American lives his immoral policies destroyed AND also the Iraqi and Afghani people who have died for Mr. Bush's ego. GWB will have some serious atoning to do when he goes to meet his maker. Enjoy life here, George and don't seriously search your heart for what you have done wrong. The next life may just be hell for you.

    April 15, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Duh Duh Duh-bya is clueless....no surprise there.... His unfunded wars, especially the vendetta war against daddy's attacker was useless. And many democrats believed the contrived "evidence" that Cheney and the rest put out as fact. Add to that fact that if you did not go along, you were labelled "unamurkin" by the Midland Village Idiot's posse of propagandists

    April 15, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Borderless

    Obama has proven to be quite adept at failing.

    April 15, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  6. Larry L

    He'd be less "comfortable" if he was where he should be... in prison. His dishonest efforts to start the Iraq War with purposefully false intelligence data caused the deaths of over 4,500 American Service-members. His moronic war planning crippled our economy and ravaged our military capabilities. The corruption with Haliburton was clearly a gross violation of our law. He and the other draft-dodger "Uncle Dick" are criminals and should have been tried for war crimes..

    April 15, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Thomas

    GW Bush , One Of Top Ten Worst Presidents .

    Should have gone to Art School .

    April 15, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Bush, Cheney & Rumsfeld need to stand trial at the ICC for war crimes.

    April 15, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    "I'm comfortable with what I did,"

    Fortunately, for all the families affected by losses in your "they want to hurt my daddy" war in Iraq, you do not get the last word on what your "comfort" level will be for all of eternity.

    April 15, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. GladI'mnotarepublican

    Yes, he's comfortable with what he did. This statement alone shows a total lack of regard for any person on earth, other than himself and possibly a few rich people. It matters not that he considers himself a family man. When the chips are down, he'd sell out his family or any other person on earth to get ahead. This man is a joke, and does not deserve media time. He, along with other cretins in his administration should be held accountable for the deaths of thousands of people. Yet non, to this day have had to face a court of law, or jury for what they did to the country or the people. Makes absolutely no sense at all.

    April 15, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. sonny chapman

    Heck, he's still comfortable w/getting into the TX Air Nat. Guard while other less "connected" kids ended up in Vietnam, some like my wife"s childhood sweetheart, never came back. It doesn't bother W. a bit.

    April 15, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  12. fashinrashin

    History will not be kind to this man....

    April 15, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Donna

    GW Bush , One Of Top Ten Worst Presidents .

    Time will tell... but topping the list will ALWAYS be Obama and Jimmy Carter. Massive failures.

    April 15, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. ST

    People can criticize "W", but there are some stuff which he did right for the nation. To carry duties of the greatest nation on earth is not a simple job. I could not believe this morning watching morning Joe, and hearing Joe Scarborough himself attacking the President on what he paid on tax. I came to realise Joe is a very ignorant person. He doesn't realise that the job of a President cuts down their days of living, which is not compared at all with any money they can earn. Take a look at Pres, Obama and other former Presidents the way they look now. We owe them all the respect, regardless some mistakes were made. Reason out folks and don't be short sighted.

    April 15, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Sean

    Time will tell... but topping the list will ALWAYS be Obama and Jimmy Carter. Massive failures.


    Yeah right, Donna. Maybe in your erotic dreams.

    GWB's legacy is written in stone. He was a miserable excuse for a president and, judging from this latest comment of his on the Iraq war, a miserable excuse for a human being as well.

    April 15, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  16. don in albuquerque

    There is no statute of limitations on murder. As long as he is breathing there is still a chance to see justice done.

    April 15, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. just askin

    GW Bush , One Of Top Ten Worst Presidents

    then why has obama continued, and even expanded, so many of bushes policies and programs??? patriot act? tax cuts? drone strikes? war in afghanistan? guantanamo? should have just given bush a third term!

    April 15, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Donna

    don in albuquerque
    There is no statute of limitations on murder. As long as he is breathing there is still a chance to see justice done.

    The innocent victims of Obama's drone strikes agree 100%. And now the UN is taking up the issue. Obama could have warrants out on him soon.

    April 15, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Mr. Johnson

    I love President Bush !! There are Some things in life that we HAVE TO do..It isn't what we want to do..Surely we would have not gone to war if we didn't need too..really to all you naw Sayers REALLY.. So everyone on 9/11 who died didn't matter? The troops that join our forces died not in vein as YOU would believe.. They where doing there Duty and helping others... President Bush help others.. He helped us a a nation.. Or do you forget while you drive your BMW to work and drink Starbucks.. Surely you dont have to worry about an IED blowing up your car..

    April 15, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  20. don in albuquerque

    @Mr. Johnson-Yours was probably one of the most clueless, out of touch posts I have read in some time. Congrats.

    April 15, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. kevin l

    Mr. Johnson

    Are you living in a cave. Iraq had nothing to do with the bombing of the towers, the whole WMD was a ruse.

    GWB showed how weak we are as a people to challenge our government. They can do whatever they want why we work and slave to support there agenda.

    I used to believe in the Rush Limbaugh , Regan, Republican, beliefs. Not any more after GWB.

    History tells ups if we are right or wrong? And it is funny when Michael Moore is more RIGHT than our leaders in government.

    April 15, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  22. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It is amazing the Bleacher Bums want everthing perfect but never get off of their behinds and lift a finger. After 911 and Bush did nothing and we were attacked again these same people would be screaming, you did nothing !! Some things you should remember, The Marine Barracks that were attacked and many were killed. The USS Cole attacked and sailors killed, The Embasseys in East Africa that were attacked, The Attack on the World Trade Centers where a Truck Bobm was driven in the Garage and set off, under Clinton's Watch, Now we have the Food Stamp President and you don't complain. The Economic Collapse started way before Bush was elected and still you have no clue. ????

    April 15, 2013 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  23. Boo

    "Comfortable about what I did..." this man is clueless.....it's pathetic.

    April 15, 2013 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. just askin

    why are liberals and democrats always complaining and condemning the war in afghanistan? obama called it the good war. he continued it and escalated it. he has run it for 4 plus years. obama is now responsible for it. complain to obama if you don't like it. he owns it.

    April 15, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think he really understands what he did with the country. The war of choice to go into Iraq was clearly flawed in the thinking and information. The idea to add a new UNPAID section onto Medicare was without question a bad move which inflated the debt. Don't get me wrong, it is good that people that are on Medicare have more access to medication affordably, but there was nothing paying for it. That is my problem with it.

    April 15, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
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