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George W Bush
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I want to live out principles that became a part of my life in my 40s, 50s, and 60s. One principle is the universality of freedom. George W Bush
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One principle is the universality of freedom. I'm a freedom lover. George W Bush
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I feel a sense of obligation to our troops and their families because of the decisions that I made. So I'm involved with veterans. George W Bush
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I [have big plans]. Promoting freedom around the world, particularly with women in the Middle East. Working on global disease. Working on accountability in public schools. And advocating for a free marketplace and an economic environment in which businesses can innovate and create jobs. George W Bush
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"Reinvention" is a word that doesn't fit into my vocabulary. George W Bush
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Reinvention means you're kind of re-creating somebody. Well, I'm the same person, in terms of values. My priorities - my faith, my family, my friends, the values of personal responsibility and universality of freedom, and "to whom much is given, much is required" - haven't changed [since presidency]. George W Bush
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I'm comfortable moving into the role of elder person. George W Bush
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"Statesman" presumes I'm out there giving opinions all the time about things, and no, I'm not interested in opining on a lot of subjects. George W Bush
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I really think it's important for presidents to exit the stage gracefully. George W Bush
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"Statesman" gives the impression that every time a major issue comes up, I'll be popping off. And that's not what's going to happen. George W Bush
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I think by not participating in the current political debate, hopefully I'm sending a signal that will help set a tone. George W Bush
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I think that not criticizing my successor is a statement unto itself, in terms of trying to create an environment where people are able to have a meaningful discussion or debate without trash talk. George W Bush
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The problem is, there was plenty of trash talk during my presidency. A lot. George W Bush
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A lot of the reason why the debate is acrimonious is because of the 24/7 news cycles, blogs, and people being able to just throw something out there in order to get attention. And I'm not going be out there doing the same thing, trying to trash my successor or call attention to myself. I hope that's a positive contribution to the dialogue. George W Bush
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I feel blessed to have been raised a Texan. George W Bush
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I was very fortunate to have had a mother and father who loved me in spite of my failings. George W Bush
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In spite of the fact that at times I would challenge parents authority. They provided unconditional love. George W Bush
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I was also fortunate that I was raised in a part of the world, West Texas, where individualism is strong. George W Bush
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[I was raised in] West Texas where people can dream big dreams and achieve them. But where people also have a great sense of community. They cared about their neighbors. And those values, I think, have stood me well. George W Bush
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It's important to take risks. George W Bush
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I'm talking about living life to its fullest. George W Bush
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Running for governor of Texas against a very popular governor [incumbent Ann Richards] was deemed to be risky. Everybody thought I would lose. As I put in my book, my mother said, "You're going to lose!" George W Bush
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I could have easily not run for president, and people would have come up and said, "Oh, man, you would have been a great president." Or even a lousy president. But I never would have known had I not chosen to run. Part of life is seizing the moment. George W Bush
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I have zero desire to be in the limelight. George W Bush
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A number of people walk up to me and say, "You're much taller than I thought." George W Bush
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I didn't try to be something I wasn't. George W Bush
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The key thing about life is to be true to a set of beliefs. And to be genuine. George W Bush
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What mattered to me was that I didn't compromise my soul in order to try to achieve a kind of popularity. The only thing you can do is just live your life. George W Bush
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I was popular at some times and not so popular at other times. But what mattered was trying to solve problems and deal with circumstances. Some of which I was able to anticipate. Some of which caught us totally by surprise. George W Bush
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In terms of what people think about me, the truth of the matter is, I guess I care to a certain extent, but not enough to try to go out in the public and plead for some kind of new understanding of me. George W Bush
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I served. And now it's time for the new man to serve. I have zero desire to be in the limelight. George W Bush
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Sometimes armchair quarterbacks are doing it to enhance their own image. I'm just not comfortable with that idea. George W Bush
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It's kind of the Washington, D.C., chattering class. They kind of talk amongst themselves. George W Bush
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In terms of trying to re-create an image, I think that's a waste of time. I have no interest in doing that. The decisions I made are done. George W Bush
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The decisions I made are done. And history will judge whether or not they were correct. There's no such thing as accurate short-term history. George W Bush
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I'm comfortable that I made the best decisions I possibly could. George W Bush
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I regret that we weren't able to reform Social Security. The fact that we weren't able to when we had majorities in the House and the Senate I think reflected poorly on our political party. George W Bush
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People expect those in authority to take on big problems and to solve them. We had an opportunity to reform Social Security in a way that would have protected people's benefits and created a solvent system. Younger workers would be confident that the money they were putting into the system would be available to them when they retired. It was a missed opportunity. I regret that. George W Bush
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[The economic crisis ] gave people the option to put money into private accounts. George W Bush
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The main thrust of the Social Security reform was to get the benefit structure in line with the realities of the Trust Funds. George W Bush
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If you're a poor worker - this is for new workers coming into the workplace - your benefits will increase at the current rate of increase. If you're a wealthier worker, your benefits would increase at the rate of inflation. And those changes would affect positively the unfunded liabilities inherent in Social Security. George W Bush
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I'm the only president who really put it out in the State of the Union and was very specific about how I felt we ought to do it. George W Bush
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I regret not finding Osama Bin Laden. George W Bush
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I regret the fact that Saddam [Hussein] didn't have weapons of mass destruction that we thought. I don't regret removing him from power. George W Bush
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[Saddam Hussein] could have easily reconstituted a program. He was a threat to peace before we went in. He'd have been a threat to peace had we left him in power. Oftentimes history judges you on the decisions you make. George W Bush
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[People] don't judge you on what would have happened in the absence of a decision. George W Bush
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I believe the world would have been a lot worse off if Saddam [Hussein] were in power today. George W Bush
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I thought Colin Powell did a fine job as secretary of state. George W Bush
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I think the key anecdote in the book is when Colin [Powell] and I were discussing Iraq. Colin was upstairs in the Treaty Room, in the residence. And he talks about his concerns about the use of military in Iraq. And I said I felt the same concerns, but it might be that we have to use it. In which case, he said, "I support you." George W Bush
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This is a very difficult assignment for the United States, to hang in there and help this young democracy survive. George W Bush
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Just like we did in Japan, in South Korea. Just like is happening in Iraq. Laura [Bush] and I feel very strongly that if the United States were to leave. George W Bush
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We think it is in our nation's interest that Afghan women - or any women around the world - not suffer. George W Bush
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Something that is completely unwinnable. I mean, it becomes unwinnable if we decide to leave [Afghanistan]. George W Bush
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I believe that people want to be free. And that we face an enemy that murders innocent people to try to shake our psychology to get us to leave. George W Bush
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I believe that democracy will prevail, so long as the United States stays with these young democracies to help them. George W Bush
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Democracy will be transformative. It will help other societies realize the benefits of freedom. Nothing's as big as that, in terms of peace. George W Bush
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I try to live a faith-filled life. I'm a believer. George W Bush
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I recognize I am essentially a failed human being in the sense that I can't possibly live up to the expectations of an Almighty. George W Bush
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I'm joyful in my religious belief. George W Bush
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I think once you recognize the unconditional love of an Almighty, it tends to put joy in your heart. Which in my case, it did. George W Bush
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[Strong marriage] starts with being married to a remarkable person. And I am. I jokingly say that I stood up in front of a crowd once and said, "Laura's the greatest first lady ever," and then realized my mother was in the audience. George W Bush
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I meant it when I said she was the greatest first lady ever. Because she viewed the presidency and being first lady as an opportunity to improve people's lives. It wasn't a burden. She put her heart and soul into the experience, just like I did. George W Bush
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We had a shared experience. That makes a good marriage better. In many ways our marriage is great because she has made it great. George W Bush
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We spend less time with each other now than we did during the presidency. When you're president, you're usually out and back in the same day - at least I was. I just came from a trip to the Middle East last week, where I was gone for five nights, and when I left, Laura [Bush] was out of town. George W Bush
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My point is that she's [Laura Bush] busy and I'm busy, which makes our marriage not only interesting but exciting. George W Bush
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It's exciting for me to see [Laura Bush] busy and out there enjoying what she's doing. But we always make time to be with each other as well. George W Bush
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I'm excited for my little girls. When they left the nest, I was excited because they were winging their way into life. George W Bush
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I think for Laura [Bush] it was kind of a sense of remorse because she is very close to the girls. They're busy little souls, and so we don't see them as much as we'd like to. But Laura talks to them all the time. George W Bush
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I think I'm the only president other than John Kennedy who had both parents alive during the presidency. George W Bush
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I'm not that worried about [my parents] right now because they are happy people. I'm pleased that in their later years, in spite of physical ailments, they're upbeat. George W Bush
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