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. Anonymus

    USMC Iraq Vet

    Thank you for all that you have done

    November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chuck

    Why would anyone buy a book written by this idiot ?? @usmc Iraq Vet, I am decorated Viet Nam Veteran, and I salute you for your service.... the problem is the US was not fighting for OUR freedom, the IRAQ war was started based on false Intel, which GW and Cheney the CROOK knew to be false (like the yellow cake uranium story)
    We lost 8000+ brave young men and women, American and coalition forces, as well as killing and destroying a million plus, innocent children, women and families.... So Please dont praise Bush, he destroyed our economy, and started two wars, neither of which has kept us safer !!!

    November 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      thanks chuck. well said.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. FuturePresident

    I would gladly take the job of president. Oh wait I can't because I'm not a lying backstabbing member of the two party system. As soon as that trickle down economics theory works it's way to me I will be on my way to Washington. Everyone knows how to become president, but it requires selling your soul to get there. It's an exclusive club that requires money and connections in order to get passed the bouncer.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JD

    Further evidence that GW Bush has no shame and is lacking the good sense god gave him. He's a petty small man that thinks critcism from a rapper is the worst thing that ever happened to him.

    Bush was a screw up his whole life, and Daddy Bush and his cronies bailed him out time after time. This time his screw up almost destroyed this country – even Daddy Bush couldn't clean up this mess. And GW walked away, leaving others to clean up his messes, just like he's always done.

    He's pathetic.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Your not even worthy enough to clean his under wear. Greatest President ever. He prevented what could have been many many terrorist attacks after 9/11. Your an idiot.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. FuturePresident

    Bush got start up money from Daddy, or did you forget that. He's no self made man by any means. How many average kids can go to Yale? The fact of the matter is that there are worker bees who would never be able to crawl their way to the highest office in the land unless they were allowed to by removing the multiple systems of controls in place.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      Obama went to Harvard; he's not a self-made man either. Nor was Clinton. Sarah Palin is self-made, and people are highly critical of her for not carrying the academic gravitas of Ivy League-educated politicians. I'm not exactly sure what your point is, aside from trying to imply that being born into wealth somehow diminishes Bush as a human being.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Eric, he worked his way thru harvard. Yes he had help by grandparents. He lived in a slummy apartment. He and Michelle Obama were still paying off school loans when they were first married>

      November 10, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle

    Some of you people on here are absolutely out of you mind. To honestly think that one man could screw up a country this badly is completely ridiculous. Why don't you take a political class and learn something about how this country works? It's not that complicated. It was an effort of BOTH parties, yes, believe it or not, the Democrats are stupid, too, that took this country to where it is now. Democratic congress, anyone? How quickly you all forget – or should I say, how quickly you all IGNORE facts. Pathetic. Ignorant. So many words.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      One man? Hardly. GWB merely symbolized his legions of ethically and intellectually challenged followers.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Hello MIchelle, Acually the House and senate was republican for 6 of 8 when Bush was in. So please do pick up one of your books.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. CaptainObvious

    @Michelle. You're point is what? Most people with an IQ over 80 know the whole system is rigged and corrupt. Politicians would rather see an incompetent party affiliate in office than a competent political rival. No news there.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      @CaptainObvious, can you read? My point was might quite clearly that it was a combination of both parties that screwed up this country and not one man as 80% of this board would like to believe. All I know is that at least when Bush was in office other countries feared us and a ridiculous amount of terrorist attacks were prevented (and yes, that’s a fact). With Obama.. lord help us. No one is afraid of this idiot, and why should they be? He’d welcome anyone in with open arms.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Michelle, yeah PEACE on Earth is ridiculous. And when you have the weapons the world has its always better to fear people.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Michelle, no one feared us, Bush did not address anyother Country and much respect was lost for the US. Where have you been. Open your eyes girl.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Geoffgio

    Good man, solid president. A far superior leader to this faux "intellect" Obozo — a true disgrace. Not only did W fight al Qaeda, he saved us from four years of Al Bore. Keep working on Jeb to make a run, Mr. President. Your detractors think 2010 hurt their little bitty feelings ... wait until 2012 and beyond.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I do concede that GWB could probably spell CAT if you spotted him the C and the A.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The world is definitely going to end.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Garry

    Mike, Seems you have a comeback for every negative response. Isn't that great, I am sure Bush would appreciate "someone" who liked him.
    As far as the blue idiots, did you forget exactly what party was in the WH for 12 years BEFORE the current resident? Ahhh..I see, you do know, you just want to blame the current leaders for the mess Bush, Cheney and his cronies put this country in.
    Instead of belittling everyone and anyone who makes a negative comment, why not pull your head out of the sand, or wherever it is you have it stuck up, smell the roses/coffee/smelling sauce and realize what a fool your making of yourself.
    Bush is hated, and I mean HATED by many in this country and even more so around the world.
    I am sure that you are not the only Bush lover, but you ARE the only one making an idiot out of yourself publicly...

    November 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not all Bush

      Garry, before you start commenting, I want to make sure you understand, that under Bush, the country had a Democratic Congress. That's right. Blame Bush. If it makes you feel better. But you are fooling yourself if you believe that it was ALL Bush. To be honest, Bill Clinton deregulated banks which opened the doors for the banks. It only came crashing down when Bush was in office. Many commenting on here that haven't done enough research. Crack me up.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      @NotAllBush

      You make several good points, but Bush had Republican majorities in both houses of Congress until 2006. Likewise, Clinton only had Democratic majorities until 1994. To attempt to blame a Democrat-controlled Congress for the net impact of either administration is quite a stretch.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      Garry, you need to review recent history. George W Bush held office for 8 years, and Bill Clinton held office for 8 years prior to that. Prior to Clinton the Republicans indeed held the White House for 12 years under Bush 41 and Ronald Reagan, but they also faced Democrat majorities in both houses of Congress for their entire term.

      So aside from being frighteningly misinformed in every argument you made, great post.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Bush did not have a dem congress until 2006.

      November 10, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jack

    We are lucky that Bush was and is a true American, If Obama had been President during 9/11 America would now be slaves to terrorists. If only we could have Bush for another two terms things would be great in America again.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. paul

    Just don't have him read to anyone. He should have called it "The Decider".

    November 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. the internets

    A coloring book by numbers.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GregE

    Hey W – Will you autograph my copy of "The Pet Goat" ?

    November 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Henry

    I am just glad that you haters
    Were not in charge on 9/11. The most
    difficult decision most
    if you have ever had to make
    is probably which restroom
    symble applies to you.
    You probably get it wrong
    most of the time.

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

      While GWB sat around reading a child's book there was *no one* in charge for a while on 9/11/2001.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BMWBear

    How many Crayons did he use to write it?

    November 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
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