President George W. Bush has remained relatively quiet since he left office back in 2008. He has seldom spoken out on what has been going on in the political realm. But that appears to be changing after he recently appeared on some television segments and made comments about the current state of affairs in the country.
President Bush said that he is optimistic about what the future has in store for the United States, but mentioned a myriad of different issues that he remains concerned about. He made the comments in a recent issue of People Magazine. The former President said,
“I don’t like the racism, and I don’t like the name-calling, and I don’t like the people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that. On the other hand, we’ve been through these periods before, and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some.”
Like the class act he is, when pushed by the reporter, he said he would not get involved and complicate the job of President Trump by airing his opinions on issues as he refused to do with President Obama. Which is a respectful sign of the transition of power; however, he said,
“At the Bush Center, we are speaking up.”
Media pundits have noted that the issues the Bushes are working on in their foundation are issues that are contrary to the policies of the current President. The family is tackling female reproductive health programs in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as funding leadership training for women of the Muslim faith.
Bush went on to say,
“There’s a lot of ways to speak out. But it’s really through actions defending the values important to Laura and me … We’re a blessed nation, and we ought to help others.”
The former President did not completely go after the President. During his Monday interview with Matt Lauer of the Today Show, he said that Americans should take the President at his word that he wishes to unify the country. He said,
“The job’s a tough job. Everybody looks at the presidency when they campaign one way, and then they get in office and find out there’s a reality to the job.”
The prominent Republican defended the media and labeled it as indispensable to Democracy. A contrasting statement to Trump’s comments that the press is “the enemy of the American people”. Bush ended with the following,
“Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power — whether it be here or elsewhere.”
President Bush has been a fine example of a president who bowed out gracefully after his party lost reelection upon his finishing term. His statements are a rare public appearance as he spends most of his time in Texas or Maine. It will surely divide some conservatives who have viewed the Bush family as a foundational part of the conservative movement over the past thirty years.
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