November 9th, 2010
11:17 AM ET

George Bush's busy book tour

Former President George W. Bush continues to work the media circuit, promoting his 500-page memoir "Decision Points," which hits stores today.

The hourlong interview with NBC's Matt Lauer aired Monday, and Bush will join the network's "Today" show on Wednesday. Fox's Sean Hannity spent time at Bush's Crawford, Texas, for an interview that airs this week.

Oprah's pre-taped interview with Bush airs today. A preview clip shows Bush saying, "You're asking me to wade back into the swamp."

At 8 p.m. ET Sunday, CNN's Candy Crowley will interview the ex-president on "State of the Union."

Overall, there appears to be no topic Bush won't tackle, and he talks extensively about regrets he has regarding the war in Iraq and Hurricane Katrina. The Huffington Post gathered some of his quotes from the Hannity interview, including Bush admitting that he sometimes "didn't get my words right." That's all right, he said, because the public never elected "Shakespeare."

Addressing the Iraq war, Bush told Times of London that waterboarding saved British lives.

For actual criticism of the book, the Wall Street Journal offers a  run-down. Revered New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani said the memoir makes Bush seem "both oddly passive and strangely cavalier" while the Washington Post's Jonathan Yardley was more pointed, saying the memoir is "competent, readable and flat."

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  1. Ashley

    I love you, G. Dubs!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. WhiteKong78

    @Kaycee: I would agree that the role of President is difficult, but politicians are divisive by nature. They are either anti this or pro that, so it's expected that people will take shots at them. Perhaps if the politicians and media were less concerned with carving us up into voting segments then you'd see more unity among the people. The politicians enjoy us at each other's throats. It's just a big game for them. You reap what you sew.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      This is nonsense. Any politician, given the chance, would love to have the country unified in support of their policies.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Megan

    I miss having him in office. Can't wait to read his book. Love ya Dubya!!

    November 9, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikinAZ

      You are part of the 15% of this country we need to watch – the idiots.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Len

    We all miss you G.W. You speak from the heart. B.O. can't speak without his teleprompter.

    November 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Speak for yourself. We do NOT "ALL" miss him.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      Really Len? I believe it's Bush that said that OB/GYN's needed to be able to express their love for women, or people need to be able to put food on their families, and Fool me once, uh, er, uh, well, you can only fool me once.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikinAZ

      The reasons BO uses the teleprompter and GW did not are: 1. BO can read where GW could barely 2. BO does not want to make an idiot out of him self...where GW did not realize he was doing it (and making our country look stupid too)

      November 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      What an idiot you are in attemptiing to compare GWB to president Obama by commenting on using a teleprompter. You must be old and suffering from dementia since you can't remember his record that placed americans without jobs and loss of homes, etc, etc.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed

    what's Dubya doing on a book tour... he can't read...

    November 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. deejaydomino

    Not possible. Bush can't even spell

    November 9, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christfollower

      Pres Bush is a great man! We miss you!

      November 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hello

    He's wasting his time promoting. The media can just do it for him. Sigh...

    November 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    Time to rename the book "The million ways I managed to F up this country"

    November 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christfollower

      Awesome Leader is Pres Bush..have you checked your news lately?

      November 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joyous

      lol, GWB f#%* ^ our Country?? really? He was proud to serve Our Country and showed it to the world. I felt safe about our Country. BO is cowardly and making us look like a weak Country we are a joke in the worlds eyes right now. GWB f#%* ^ our Country...lmao

      November 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • jim

      Bush and Obama are definitely different, but both have been nightmares for this country!!!

      November 9, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lorenzo

    GWB was the "Forrest Gump" of Presidents.
    Americans want to believe anyone can be President, even Forrest Gump.
    We're supposed to have a representative democracy- so maybe we got what we deserved.
    Hope he corrected the quote of "fool me once, etc"
    Think I'll wait for the movie.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Henry

    From the comments thus far
    It is obvious that there
    Are a lot of hateful people
    in this country. So
    sad!

    Henry
    Atlanta

    November 9, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me

      From the comments thus far
      It is obvious that there
      Are a lot of stupid people
      that think Bush did a good job.
      So sad!

      Me
      Here.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ed

    ... maybe they're hateful because of what Dubya DID to us...

    November 9, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ed

    I remember after Gulf War 1, Bush Daddy said "We've finally by **** kicked the 'VietNam Syndrome ONCE AND FOR ALL"... well, once, maybe, but Dubya brought it back with a vengence...

    November 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ace

    Bush had fun doin it and he didnt care if he was a cia puppet then thats on him for bein so dumb to not notice if it was dick cheneys fault then thats bush fault to cuhz he still did it i thought a president makes the final decision and should not let personal affairs like OBL almost killin his daddy get in the way or let greed for money get to u i thought u was suppose to be smart to be a president i guess not obama is gonna be gettin stuff done if he dnt then dang that suckx

    November 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. leon

    bush continues to lie, now in writing.

    November 9, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Leon,
      I was in NYC on 9/11 on business, I just came up from the subway when a runs past me screaming"The Apocalypse is starting" over and over. I looked around and saw the smoke from downtown. Anyway, on 9/12 the people of NYC and the U.S. wanted vengance and someones head on a platter for this.I submit that if 9/11 had not occured we would not have gone into IRAQ and Afganistan.

      November 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. leon

    Congratulations,I did not know thAT bUSH KNEW HOW TO WRITE !Now I mus assume that he also can read ?

    November 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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