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. john

    At least George Bush stood up for what he believed in! He led our country through the horrible crisis of 9/11. Can't imagine Obama doing that as well as Bush did. Obama shows no compassion and empathy!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUBYA HUH?

      BUSH IS AN IDIOT.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      GWB was no leader: He's a spoiled, rich frat boy grinning his way through life and career not due to his own merits but simply because of his family name. Nothing more. He was a clueless embarrassment born with a silver foot in his mouth.

      November 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quetzalcoatl

      He should not have abused 9-11 as a pretext to get the neocon pet project "Iraq invasion" going. After all, this killed almost twice as many Americans as 9-11 itself. Dishonest and dishonourable.

      November 10, 2010 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. DUBYA HUH?

    I'M JUST GLAD I DON'T HAVE TO HEAR HIS NAME NOR SEE HIS FACE EVERYDAY.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joyous

    I can't believe all the $&!% talking on here. Do you people honestly feel we are better off now?? Do you honestly feel like we are as strong of a Country as we were 2 years ago?? Do you honestly feel safe against terrorist attacks? Not sure about you but I feel like we are sitting ducks and have a "leader" that does nothing but make us look like a weak Country in the rest if the worlds eyes.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      GWB made us look like a torturing country in the rest of the world's eyes.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joyous

      oh because you think BO's "hey let's all get along" outlook would have worked?? maybe we could have held a beer summit with all the terrorist?? yeah that would have worked...

      November 9, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      Nice strawman argument. Way to conflate completely unrelated topics, dude.

      November 9, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    Hey you gwb simpletons, do you really think his Iraq war was justified? Well it sure wasn't with over 4000 dead American soldiers it was a waste of human lives. He pushed for that war!! Saddam should have had company on the gallows taking your has been g. bush along with him!

    November 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      The number of casualties in Iraq has nothing to do with whether or not it was justified. The US lost 416,000 men in WW2 yet almost nobody would question whether or not that conflict was justified.

      Regardless of what anyone feels about the justification of the Iraq War, you're using faulty logic with this argument because it is based on the assumption that nobody considers Iraq justifiable. To counter that, I suggest you take a look at 7 years of debate raging across the internet as proof to the contrary.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      What a weak comparison, Eric M.

      Very few debated US entry into WWII after Pearl Harbor because the Axis had already demonstrated it was a formidable threat capable of inflicting great harm. Not so for the Iraq after Gulf War I. The invasion and occupation were based on trumped up myths that turned out to be complete lies.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Retired MSG USA

    I wish he was back. America needs Leadership and now all the crazies who voted for Obama realizes it. What a great leader and man of character GWB was! Next time vote for someone who has at least served this great country and has fought the wars to give all of us the rights that we do have. I am sure that the cowards will respond to this, but the truth always receives critisism.

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

      Truth does receive criticism. So does poor grammar.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Monica

      whoever you are thanks for your service but lets get it clear that their are plentry of people commenting who either were in the military or have or had a loved one that served or still serving. Stop trying to justify GWB. After 9/11 he had his hands all over the place and he still believes he did nothing wrong. He was a waste of time his last 4 yers in office.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Einstein

      Monosodium Glutamate can retire?

      November 10, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. keith

    lemme guess, he was in the kids section signing picture books about how much he enjoys Curious George – this guy is the bafoon, he put us in to the postion that our economy was gonna fail...him and congress. Damn republicans. Yeah the democrats aren't any better, but I don't miss this jackhole one bit

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

    The nerve of this guy! He spends 8 years sending our soldiers off to pointless war, bungles a natural disaster to the point that US citizens die and suffer, fails to listen to his own intelligence and allows terrorists to murder 3000 citizens, and now he is out peddling a book in which he tries to put the blame on everyone else. And for all you "conservatives" crying about Obama: why do you think people were so disgusted with the GOP and voted for a socialist? Because of GW Bush! Everyone was so sick of this moron that the first smooth-talking politician to come along took the election. I blame Bush for giving us Obama. If the GOP would stop nominating idiots (Sarah Palin comes to mind) maybe we would not be in the mess we are in.

    November 9, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jellyfishbrain

    I love Bush, when I look at Bush I see a President. When I look at Obama I see good guy hopping along.

    November 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      I look at your post and see you picked the correct nickname.

      November 9, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jim

    Bush should try reading a book before trying to write one!

    November 9, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric M

      That's very clever. Did you come up with that one all on your own?

      November 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  10. shad

    ONE OF THE GREATEST PRESIDENT AMERICA EVER HAD, MY HERO, PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH !

    November 9, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. shad

    FOR ALL THE IDIOTS THAT DON'T KNOW, BUSH HAD READ MORE BOOKS THAT ALL OF YOU COMBINED, HE IS BY HIS OWN ADMISSION NOT A GOOD SPEAKER, BUT HE SURE WAS A GREAT LEADER !

    November 9, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your caps lock is stuck

      November 10, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. teaPARTYdemocrat

    I'll just have to wait to buy it next year at the local thrift store

    November 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. pw

    Bush wrote a book!! I didn't know he could speak English. (lol)

    November 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sam

    Great leader my @ss! He was the dumbest SOB so called president in history. The war in Iraq was all about his ego!
    "look at me ma and watch what I çan do". " I will invade Iraq and make my momma proud". The guy was an idiot and a drunkard and drug addict and you g. bush lovers adore him. Ha Ha what a joke and the fools that worship him. DEAF, DUMB AND BLIND you people are! gwb should have went to the gallows alongside Saddam.

    November 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BitingPavlov

    So Sam you oppose drug and alcohol use then? Just want to be clear.

    November 9, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
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