You know you’re a terrible president when…
Former President George W. Bush spoke to PEOPLE magazine Monday for an interview, during which 43 said he dislikes the racist rhetoric taken up by the Trump administration.
Bush told People:
‘I don’t like the racism and I don’t like the name-calling and I don’t like people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that.’
Bush spoke to people with his wife Laura, and continued on, speaking about America’s resiliency:
‘One the other hand, we’ve had these periods before. We’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some. I’m optimistic about where we’ll end up,’ he said.
Bush refrained from criticizing former President Barack Obama throughout his presidency, however, Trump seems to be an entirely different case. Speaking of Trump’s inauguration, which him and his wife both attended, Bush said:
“First of all, we were thrilled to be there. It’s a beautiful ceremony, it really is. It’s a peaceful transfer of power, which is very reassuring,” before his wife, Laura, added that they’ve been to very many inaugurals. “It’s our sixth one,” Bush confirmed.
When PEOPLE asked if the Trump administration’s travel ban, barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, threatens programs run at the Bush Center, he replied, shrugging:
‘Now that you mention it, it might bother me but we’ll figure out how to bring them over.’
When asked if he felt the need to get involved given Trump’s rather bombastic governing style, to put it lightly, Bush said he plans to speak up through advocacy work with the Bush Center.
‘No. When President Obama got elected, friends would call: ‘You must speak out! You must do this, you must do that.’ Turns out, other people are doing the same thing this time. I didn’t feel like speaking out before because I didn’t want to complicate the job and I’m not going to this time. However, at the Bush Center we are speaking up.’
He went on, adding that “there’s a lot of ways to speak out, but it’s really through actions defending the values important to Laura and me. We’re a blessed nation, and we ought to help others.”
He went on to say that President Trump hasn’t reached out for advice, noting that former President Barack Obama didn’t either.
‘It doesn’t hurt my feelings. I understand the nature of the job. There’s a lot incoming when you’re the president and you just got to focus on your job.’
A spokesperson for the Bush’s said that neither he nor his wife voted for President Donald Trump or Democratic challenger, Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
The interview took place in the third-floor of the Bush’s Dallas home, where the former president spoke about the release of his first art book, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. The book aims to raise awareness and funds for 9/11 veterans’ health care and employment programs, according to PEOPLE.
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