November 21, 2013

Leno: "I must say you look much more relaxed [than when you were President]." Bush: "Duh."



That's Part 1. Here are: Part 2 (in which Bush shows the portrait of Leno he painted and talks about the times Putin insulted Barney), Part 3, and Part 4 (with some cute dancing).

24 comments:

Curious George said...

What a good man.

MadisonMan said...

He looks a little uncomfortable, but charming nonetheless.

He's always been charming though.

Ann Althouse said...

I like his strategy of just laughing when Leno says something that's supposed to be funny (like "nuke 'em"). There's no point arguing with a joke when you're on the jokester's show.

Matthew Sablan said...

Bush likes to laugh at himself, I think. Is our children learning, indeed.

Curious George said...

"Ann Althouse said...
I like his strategy of just laughing when Leno says something that's supposed to be funny (like "nuke 'em"). There's no point arguing with a joke when you're on the jokester's show."

Oh, Christ, it's not a strategy. It was funny. He laughed. And he is a strong enough person to laugh when it's at his expense.

DKWalser said...

Miss him? I sure do.

edutcher said...

Dubya was a lot more relaxed when the media was after him than the current denizen of the White House.

Amazing what believing in something greater than oneself can do.

edutcher said...

PS Now there's a "Miss Me" with the Romster.

If that catches on, expect to hear the "I" word a lot more.

madAsHell said...

Maybe Obama can do another slow jam with Jimmy Fallon...

William said...

If you just knew Bush from reading about him in the papers or hearing about him on tv, you would wonder who this man was......Bush gave his wife a pearl necklace for a gift, and Leno kept it classy. Take note Letterman.

Irene said...

A man with humility and a sense of humor.

Michael said...

I have a friend who sits near him in church in Dallas. He is as he appears according to my friend. A nice man, a decent man and far better educated and well read and smarter than the majority of his critics.

BDNYC said...

Even when I disagreed with him, I always liked him and respected his straightforwardness and his resolve. My liberal friends were always so condescending.

He's a good man, genuine and decent. I never once doubted his motivations. Unlike Obama.

Bruce Hayden said...

Loved the videos, and love the man. A really good man. He always could laugh at himself, and that is part of why I find him endearing.

I think that the reason that Leno got him, and none of the other talk show hosts is that Jay too is a kind man, and, it appears that the two of them have some connection through working with injured soldiers, etc. I think that the other late night talk show hosts could not have pulled this off, and inevitably would have gone political.

I do appreciate the joke that 43 told Leno at the start, about retirement. We only got into watching him fairly recently, and is the only late night host that we enjoy. Too bad that the network is sending him off to pasture, despite his top ratings.

Mary Beth said...

"I don't think it's good for the country to have a former president criticize his successor."

I love that. I took it to be a little dig at Clinton for doing just that plus the implication that anything he would say about Obama would be criticism.

Matthew Sablan said...

"I love that. I took it to be a little dig at Clinton for doing just that plus the implication that anything he would say about Obama would be criticism."

-- Like, "Momma always says, if I can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?"

LCB said...

Sad to say, but I think the two legacies that will dog his memory are the Dept. of Homeland Security and the TSA.

He is a good man, and even when I disagreed with what he was doing I knew he was being honest about what he said. That this is remarkable for a politician is a sad, sad indictment of our nation.

Bob Loblaw said...

Sooo...what are the chances of Obama conducting himself so graciously when he's out of office?

sonicfrog said...

I think he's a good man, as i do the current office holder. But i don't think either will be looked upon favorably when history tells its story. We seem to be in the same type of period that we were in the 1870's though the 1890's. None of the last few Presidents for me rise much above the Rutherford B Hayes or Chester Arthur level.

Bob Loblaw said...

I wish he would've told Putin the good old aphorism "it's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog." Putin, like Obama, is a little too obsessed with optics, and not so much with actual results.

ken in sc said...

It will take 50 years or more for Bush's presidency to be properly evaluated.

pm317 said...

Good for Bush. I didn't think he was so talented. Obama makes this guy look better and better, who knew!

Unknown said...

Can you imagine how different the Bush years would have been had there been one-- just one-- MSM interview like this when he was in power? How much would it cost to buy a few networks, newspapers, and magazines? If the GOP doesn't get on it soon, it might be all over...

Wilbur said...

I have several friends who met and spent time with W on a personal basis. They will tell you they've never met anyone more personable, more comfortable with himself, or who makes a stronger personal connection with people, than Mr. Bush. They said he was always the smartest guy in the room, too.

I believe them.

It's too bad that he forbad anyone in his administration to "lower themselves to the level" of his critics during his presidency. So very much just went unopposed and unanswered, and strongly affected the public's view of him. I believe it to be his greatest error.