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. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    GOPer's never cease to amaze me. You're actually trying to compare a guy who basically "passed through" Yale on a legacy favor and a man who was Number 1 in the Harvard Law Review, and, of course, pointing out that the debt is rising while failing to recognize the reason for the rise was the fault of the Clown Prince of Crawford who mortgaged the country in order to make his pals rich or richer (Cheney) as the case may be.

    Perhaps Bush should have stuck to "The Pet Goat" for his tips on how to handle a crisis?!

    November 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      GWB's admission to and progress through exclusive Ivy League schools certainly wasn't on academic merit.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      Yale does not award MBAs to idiots. You can claim that he was admitted to Yale due to his father's position, but to claim that he was greased through his entire academic career is an intellectually dishonest argument. You can't have it both ways. If you want to tout the academic achievements of President Obama, you have to acknowledge that president Bush also holds an advanced degree from a highly respected Ivy League university.

      But nobody that dislikes Bush wants to do that, because it undermines their ability to call him stupid.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Get a clue, Eric M. Ivy League schools clearly *do* award advanced degrees to idiots, especially idiots from rich and influential families. GWB being one of those idiots given preferential treatment due to his family name. Are you *really* trying to suggest Bush's poor grammar and his proudly professed lack of interest in reading are signs of his hidden intellect?

      November 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CaptainObvious

    @Michelle. The shoe bomber would have succeeded had he not been an idiot. I'm not going to Google every failed terrorist plot since 9/11 either. The Republicans during the Clinton administration could have done more to get Bin Laden, but they didn't. I'm aware that we both agree both parties are to blame for many of the problems in America, but that's why so many are angry. Don't run for president if you think it would be neat or cool. People should run because they are qualified and are able to handle the complexities of this world. How can so many educated elitists miss so many dangers that effect their people? Our government is either blind, stupid or corrupt. You can't get that many supposedly intelligent people together and have disastrous results year after year without something being seriously wrong. Just my opinion.

    November 9, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. adad

    Not only biden and hillary but MANY top dems were screaming WMD.

    http://snopes.com/politics/war/wmdquotes.asp

    November 9, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Yes, adad. We know. Congress was also misled by the Bush administration's manipulation of intelligence data.

      November 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave F

    He didn't write a book, he can't even read one-he blathers, they wrote it down-if you buy it you are a loser, too.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Patti

    I miss President Bush....i also miss the jobs we all had under him!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patriot

    Good luck selling it. Maybe all the oil industry friends that owe him can pay him back by buying the books. Who is the marketing guy for this book... Cheney?

    November 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Faisal

    Bush was a loser

    November 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the_dude

    This bush guy seems no good. I vote to impeach him now.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Johnny B

    People keep saying the actions Ex-President Bush took after 911 kept us safe from terrorism have to realize one thing. Do you think that no terrorist attacks have occured because of us going to war in Iraq and Afghanastan (both illegal and immoral), or the fact that the terrorists are sitting and learning from all of our actions since 911 and biding their time to strike again. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it !.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      what about it was illegal? The president has the authority to send his troops wherever he wants for a maximum of 90 days. Only Congress has the power to keep them there

      November 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron

    Apologists of GWB: They want to take credit for his accomplishments (few) but they're very eager to *share* blame for his policy failiures (many). How generous.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Miss Paul

    I did not vote for Mr. Bush and have no intention of ever voting for a Republican, but I like this man. I believe in my heart that he is a good person and so is his wife. I wish you well Mr. Bush and may you live a long and prosperous life!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      I didn't like Bush either, his policies, government expansion among other things, were too far to the left

      November 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brian

    After being given many opportunities to bash the current president, Bush didn't. After being given a full hour on Sean Hannity to bash the current president, Bush didn't. He merely said "I will give the current president the respect I wish he would have given me." If only the current president was as great a man as the former one. Of course people say that Bush was an idiot or stupid, but who is it that claims to be having a problem connecting with the people? Bush never had that problem

    November 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      IBush was nearly a complete embarrassment to the USA as a leader (uniter, not divider. Remember that one?). But he has had the class and the grace to keep quiet following his term. For that he deserves credit.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mark

    George Who?

    November 9, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cinderella

      Forgotten, but not gone...

      November 10, 2010 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. boatvolt

    So Dubya wrote a book....perhaps he'll actually read one someday.
    An eight year embarassment to th US in general, and Yale in particular.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

    its funny that the book has two co-authors...GW would probably need someone else to write his own autobiography.

    how about he read a few passages aloud for the world to hear...we could air it live on comedy central

    November 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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