Heh, heh, heh. “You're not it,” Bush told the crowd. (Getty)
Personal, slightly familiar, vaguely religious — but was it motivational? Former President George W. Bush made his debut as motivation speaker yesterday in Fort Worth. Bush, toiling away on his memoirs, was clearly in one of his very rare “introspective” moods. From the NY Daily News account:
“I don't see how you can be President without relying on the Almighty,” he said at one point.
“Now when I was 21, I wouldn't have told you that,” he added. “But at age 63, I can tell you that one of the most amazing surprises of the presidency was the fact that people's prayers affected me. I can't prove it to you. But I can tell you some days were great, some days not so great. But every day was joyous.”
Hmm. Every day? Really? “You're not it,” Bush said. “You're part of something greater than yourself.” Still, it didn't sound entirely uplifting — it actually sounded a bit of a bummer, considering how funny Bush can be. But it sounds like he's ah, working through some issues. It's not in his nature to be a navel-gazer.
“It’s so simple in life to chase popularity, but popularity is fleeting,” mused the former president, who left office with a 22 percent approval rating. “It’s not real.”
Bush spoke to an enthused crowd of about 11,000 at the Get Motivated! business seminar at the Fort Worth Convention Center. He is among several former presidents and other prominent officials who have addressed the gatherings. He pocketed some good bank for the gig — estimated at about $100,000. From the Star-Telegram report:
“I was ready to put him back in office,” said Richard Jones of Cleburne following Bush’s speech.
The kid wants a refund. (reuters)