“Look, eight years was awesome,” Bush said in a recent interview with the Hoover Institution uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday. “You know, I was famous and I was powerful, but I have no desire for fame and
“I have found that life after the presidency is awesome,” Bush said during the hourlong sit-down.
Bush refused to bad-mouth President Barack Obama, saying he did not want to “undermine” his successor. “I think it’s bad for the presidency itself,” he said.
Near the tail end of the interview-taped near the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, slated to open to the public in 2013-Bush was asked why he chose to vacation in Crawford, Texas, rather than Maine like his father.
“My dad bequeathed me three great gifts,” Bush said. “An awesome name, an unconditional love and being raised in West Texas.”"I don't want to undermine our president, whoever is president, and a former president can do that, and I think it's bad for the presidency itself. And so I'm pretty content. The afterlife -- really what she should have said was we're now getting ready to start a new chapter in our life -- afterlife being the afterlife of the presidency -- but afterlife kind of gives the sense that you're dead. And I have found that life after the presidency is awesome," said Bush.
Bush discussed presidential life and work at the Bush Institution in an interview coinciding with the launch of the former president's book on economic growth -- "The 4 Percent Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs."
"Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful but I have no desire for fame and power any more," said Bush referring to his presidency.
Bush, who has been relatively absent from public life since leaving office, said he feels "a certain sense of liberation" stepping out of the spotlight.