No. 43 slips under the radar in DC

February 26, 2010

Ole 43, otherwise known as former President George W. Bush, was in Washington today to address hundreds of people who worked for him over the years.

USA-BUSH/The whole thing was closed press and so we don’t have a complete read-out of the proceedings but suffice to say that Bush steered clear of the current volatile political climate in Washington.

This has been a consistent position of Bush. While he might chafe privately at some of the blame tossed his way by President Barack Obama, he doesn’t talk about it publicly. Having seen how tough the job is being president, he reckons Obama doesn’t need one more critic telling him how to do it.

Anyway, he spoke for a half hour then took questions for perhaps another 40 minutes to update people on what he’s been up to in the past year since leaving the White House.

His book about 12 monumental decisions he made as the POTUS is coming out Nov. 8. Laura Bush’s book is coming out in May.

Seen in the crowd of about 700 were two former chiefs of staff for him, Andy Card and Josh Bolten, and a deputy COS Joe Hagin.

Presiding was former White House deputy press secretary Tony Fratto, who is president of the Bush-Cheney Alumni Association.

Dick Cheney was supposed to be there and wanted to go but the mild heart attack he had the other day required him to stay at home and rest. Bush dropped by to see him on Thursday.

For more Reuters political news, click here

Photo credit: Reuters/Eric Draper/handout (Bush looks out over Capital as he leaves Washington on Jan. 20, 2009)


We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see

Regardless of today’s political commentary regarding his presidency, George W. Bush is a good and decent person.

In contrast to a other former presidents (and the current president), he is respecting the office by giving President Obama the room to be president whether he agrees with his decisions or not. He should be commended on that whether people like him or not.

I am only talking of former president Bush as a person and not a politician. Politics really isn’t what this article was about. That’s better left for other stories…

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

George Bush does appear to be a decent man. However, many of his decisions in office were made by an inability to deflect manipulation from stronger personalities within his administration. This is another indicator of his personality.

His tenure in office has contributed to the more hostile political environment and split between the two parties. I suspect historians may look back and state the Bush 43 administration and Congress were catalysts for a third party movement of voters exhausted by the sophomoric bickering of democratics and republicans.

Posted by hadas | Report as abusive

Well, you can apply the same inability to deflect manipulation to President Obama. He is failing to soon in his presidency that I suspect George Bush will be pointed to for everything wrong about Obama and his progressive agenda.

This story had nothing to do with Bush’s policies. It was a reunion of people, nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive

Crikey, talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing revisiting the scene of the crime…

About the best thing anybody can say for George W. Bush is: “At least he’s not Dick Cheney!”

Posted by HBC | Report as abusive