George W. Bush at RGA meeting
November 21st, 2013
04:06 PM ET
8 years ago

George W. Bush at RGA meeting

Scottsdale, Arizona (CNN) - Former President George W. Bush made a rare political appearance Thursday.

Bush, who once served as governor of Texas, slipped into a closed-door, governors-only luncheon at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Bush gave brief remarks and engaged in a nearly two-hour Q&A session with the governors, according to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

"It was absolutely wonderful to have him here. He was very upbeat and charismatic, and we (are) very thrilled and delighted," Brewer said. She also said Bush made a stop here on his way to Oklahoma.

"He encouraged all of us and said the best breeding ground for presidents are the governors."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie invited Bush to the conference during his recent trip to Dallas.

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said that Bush "is enjoying retirement."

Rick Perry, the former President's successor as Texas governor, gave a briefer description of the lunch: "It was tasty. It was a tasty piece of steak."

The Democratic Governors Association, aware that Bush remains an unpopular figure in public opinion polls, quickly seized on the surprise appearance.

"Republican governors are implementing the very same Bush-era economic policies that crushed the middle class for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans and major corporations," said DGA Communications Director Danny Kanner in a statement.

"For the sake of the working families in their states, we're hoping they kept the discussion to the weather."

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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I hope they can figure out what to do about the Tea Party.

    November 21, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Wonderful. The village idiot and war criminal join the others in the clown car of going nowhere.
    Just when you ink the teaklan part can't get any lower.

    November 21, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wasn't it just last year that he was NOT invited to the Republican National Convention?
    And he was also the first ex-President asked NOT to campaign with the presidential nominee for his own Party.

    History making.

    November 21, 2013 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    If it was closed-door, how the heck did he get in? Did Krispy Christie invite him? Let me think. Christie is now the head of the RGA and potential 2016 candidate. I hope he's not seeking advice from Dubya. Well, maybe that's not a bad thing.

    November 21, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    There is a breeding ground for republican governors? No wonder they don't have time to help their voters.

    November 21, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Kinard

    The man who brought the American economy as well as the free worlds economies to their collective knees. Spent billions upon billions of dollars on wars, putting the entire bill on a credit card. Responsible for the deaths of many human beings stationed in a country where (weapons of mass destruction were never found. And there are those among us that revere his time in office as if he were some kind of super hero. Can it get any more delusional out here?

    November 21, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Is he still looking for those elusive WMDs ?

    November 21, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. smith

    Bush presidency=bad.
    Obama presidency=worse. God help us..smh.

    November 21, 2013 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |