It was vintage George W. Bush Tuesday night as the former president and first lady appeared with Jay Leno on NBC's "Tonight Show." The opening exchange went something like this:
Jay Leno: "I know you've tried to stay out of the spotlight for the past few years so I was actually pleasantly surprised you accepted our invitation."Talking about a variety of subjects during the twenty-minute interview, W and Leno joked back and forth before being joined by Mrs. Bush to discuss the humanitarian work the Bushes do around the world and at home.
President George W. Bush: "Only because of you. (laughter) I mean you're about to head out to pasture (laughter) ... just wanted to see what you looked like before you got to the gate." (laughter)
The former president emphasized his belief in laying low after leaving office:
Leno: "I know you've avoided talking policy for the last six or seven years. Explain why."W didn't show up empty-handed and presented Jay with a caricature painting of Leno as they talked about the president's hobby of painting since leaving office.
W: "I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor."
The classy Bush family values would go far in today's toxic political atmosphere. He is missed. To see the entire 20-minute interview, check out the links:
President George W. Bush with Jay Leno on NBC's "Tonight Show":
- Part 1
- Part 2
- Part 3
- Part 4
For archives of the Bush Administration and the humanitarian work the president is still doing, check out these links:
George W. Bush Institute
George W. Bush Presidential Library
George W. Bush Center