Promoting his new book, a collection of oil paintings and stories titled Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, former President George W. Bush sat down for an interview with Today‘s Matt Lauer on Monday morning.
Among the topics of the discussion was President Donald Trump and the current administration’s controversial travel ban.
“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want,” said the 70-year-old former politician. “A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely.” he further went on to say that he is “for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.”
Of course, DUBYA! Only a stupid human being wouldn’t….
“Everybody looks at the presidency when they campaign one way then they get in office and find out there’s a reality to the job,” he said, adding that he believes “you have to take [Trump] for his word” that his goal is to unify the country. “It’s hard to unify the country with the news media being so split up,.”
As for the all consuming coverage of the Trump Presidency, Bush said, “When I was president, you mattered a lot more, because there were three of you….It’s just a different world.”
“We need an independent media to hold people like me to account,” he said. “Power can be very addictive, it can be corrosive….It’s kind of hard to tell [other countries] to have an independent free press when we can’t have one ourselves.”
“People ask me: ‘Do you miss being president?’ ” said Bush. “The answer is not really, but I miss saluting people who volunteer to wear the uniform.”