April 24th, 2013
10:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Bush 43: 'History will ultimately judge ... I'm a content man'

Dallas (CNN) - George W. Bush is a proud new grandfather and fascinated by his unlikely new hobby: painting.

But some things haven't changed a bit: the trademark smirk when he is amused, a squinty glare when he doesn't appreciate the question - and a quick turn to humor when the conversation turns to "legacy," including the scars of Iraq or the cloud of Katrina.


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  1. fernace

    Of course he can squint & smirk! Nothing happened to him or his co-horts, after he left office! We, the American people, were the 1s left holding the bag! His legacy will, at the very least, be that he did a bang up job of making the trench dividing the haves & have nots, much deeper! And apparently he's proud!!

    April 24, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  2. Catmandew

    At least when W was in office we didn't have all of this partisan BS goin on like now!

    April 24, 2013 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. freedom

    President Bush kept our homeland safe for 7 years after 9/11, and his leadership lead to the location of bin Laden. I'd say those are powerful components of his legacy. On the other hand, wonder what Obama's legacy will be – oh yeah – Obamacare which totally disables economic growth and the doctor/patient relationship as we know it. Muslim Brotherhood infiltration into the world at record growth. Racial, economic, and gender divide like this country has never seen. Invasion of our constitutional rights at every level. US embassies without protection. White House doors being closed on the American people. Not having the courage or conviction to say who our enemy is – Islamist Jihad. Who is he representing, anyway?

    April 24, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  4. Pete

    Bush content with his political decisions he made..I watched this lunitic being interviewed by CNNs John King and he's as arrogent and ignorent as most republicans posting on these sites..He said almost word for word what Cheney said on another interview just recently saying if he had the chance he'd do everything the same not changing a thing..These violators of human rights being indicted by over 150 countries can't go to their graves as American heroes which they're not but as murderers of thousands of innocent military men,women and civilian Iraqis and must meet their accusers..Bush,Cheney and others are seen internationally as architects of the biggest lie in American history and how its deadly propaganda drew innocents to a country we never should have occupied militarily in Iraq..It's time for Bush,Cheney to be transported to the Netherlands Hague and pay the piper for the illegal wiretappings,waterboardings,tortures and false imprisonments world wide to innocents that should have never been involved in these heinous crimes including war..Treat them in court as you would Hitlers storm troopers of the SS the other monsterous murderers of thousands if not millions of innocents Jews,pols and others across Europe during WWII..They were tried, executed as criminals ,murderers and Bush,Cheney shouldn't be treated any different as well for the suffering ,deaths that had incurred under their watch while in the highest posts in Americas government disgracing it as well!!Let justice be served America!!Republicans you've been served....

    April 24, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  5. Former Republican, now an Independent

    History is definately not on W's side. People begin to see things much more clearly once the political rhetoric goes away, and the facts show a war that was entered by deceiving a nation. A case in point is the declining popularity of Ronald Reagan. Now that the political rhetoric has faded, Reagan is being revealed as a deceptive president that manipulated the nation into deregulation that nearly caused another depression. Time is definately not on the side of self-serving presidents.

    April 24, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  6. Thomas

    A perfect example of why we should support the Arts .

    And Art Therapy !

    April 25, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  7. Name Uche Agonsi

    CNN obviously missed the summation of GW's popular achievements in this report. I have problems remembering any....also his views on Obama policies. The fundamentals of sound decision judgements & sound leadership somehow are basically unchanged. There are people's acceptance vis-a-vis cause/objective, costs factors. GW's statement reflects disturbingly the depth human concept of these basic decision-making can lead to disastrous mistakes.....quote ; 'And there are people in the world who are willing to kill innocent people to advance a cause '...unquote. Such people, within my short memory include ...Hitler, Bin Laden, Saddam, the Tsarnaev brothers.....the list might be endless, BUT it must not fail to include the name President G. W. Bush. These people's unrepentant black hearts make them the devil's advocates.

    April 25, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  8. The Elephant in the Room

    He was content the moment he was born into that wealthy New England family. George went to Yale & Harvard not so much because he was supernova bright but rather because it was tradition; dear ole` Dad was a Yalie. Geore was content the minute he knew he was going into the Air National Guard stateside instead of flying & potentially dying in/ over Vietnam. George was content when family connections got him into the oil business with "no money down" or gave him entre to become part owner of the Rangers. I don`t begrudge the man his blessings but let`s not pretend he`s a Horatio Alger story personified. I`m happy he thinks history will judge him content; he`s never had a reason not to be.

    April 25, 2013 05:23 am at 5:23 am |
  9. Name lynn

    george bush cant talk or spell the media has to spell an talk for him, What george is a content man what about the grandbaby is the baby full of bose or will the baby talk like his grandfather, George who cares what you have to say to the media.

    April 25, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  10. Marie MD

    I don't mean to insult anybody but simple people are happy people. The fact that this was criminal has a, of all things, library named after him is in itself a bigger joke than he and his presidency led by darth vader.
    I wonder how he can sleep knowing he sent thousands of American to their deaths in a fake war.

    April 25, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  11. Matte

    It is a shame that so many bad things happened to this administration. We still have problems to fix and George could have done more to help, but it seems that he has been pushed away from the Republicans and rumors are he will become an Independent. You will be welcomed to come over and make a new America for all of us to shine.

    April 25, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |