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Jay Leno to George W. Bush: Thanks for all the material (Dubya drops by Leno's show)
Hotair ^ | 11/19/2010 | Andrew Malcolm

Posted on 11/19/2010 8:10:07 AM PST by WebFocus

One of the dangers of following book media tours is that several days in, the author slips into narrative cruise control, a storytelling routine that shares the same stories the same ways. This is especially true by the time they reach the West Coast because, given the Eastern location of major media outlets, most promotion tours start there.

Think Sean Hannity and the bald guy on the “Today Show” with former president George W Bush recently.

Promoting his best-selling memoir “Decision Points,” Bush made two stops in the L.A. area Thursday, including “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

He had fresh material for both. At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, with former First Lady Nancy Reagan on his arm, Bush answered a long series of written audience questions.

“I loved being president,” said No. 43, “and I love not being president.”

He said he’d still be out of the spotlight if it wasn’t for promoting the book. But he intended to return to relative anonymity soon because “I just don’t want to be out opining on everything” since it ends up being taken as critical of his successor. And the job’s hard enough.

He said he hoped “Decision Points” would be a reference point for future historians and a glimpse of life inside the pressures of the presidency for today’s readers. “I don’t settle scores,” said Bush. “I’m not an angry person. I’m a happy guy.” Bush did reveal that one of his greatest thrills was surprising U.S. troops on Thanksgiving in Baghdad.

An 8-year-old wanted to know what Bush wanted to be at age 8: “Willie Mays!”

And Bush recounted how excited he was years later as president to welcome his childhood hero and baseball great to the White House as “Commissioner” of Bush’s annual T-ball games for little people.

On Osama bin Laden: He knows President Obama is still trying to find the 9/11 villain and he wishes he’d been able “to bring him to justice.”

“But,” Bush added, “he’s not leading any victory parades.”

Any advice for parents of teens? “Look them in the eye and say, ‘I love you and there’s nothing you can do to make me stop loving you. (pause) So, stop trying!’”

At NBC, Bush got a standing O from the audience and appreciation from the stand-up comedian: “The last time you were here it was 2000. It was 10 years ago. And in the last 10 years, thank you for all the material.”

A notorious early-riser, Bush looked at the late-night host and said: “You know, I hate to tell you, I don’t want to hurt your feelings. But I was asleep.”


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1 posted on 11/19/2010 8:10:17 AM PST by WebFocus
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To: WebFocus

Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is.


2 posted on 11/19/2010 8:11:20 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: WebFocus

He was and remains a class act. God bless him!


3 posted on 11/19/2010 8:14:05 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: US Navy Vet

“Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is.”

He had you fooled.


4 posted on 11/19/2010 8:14:39 AM PST by FightThePower! (Fight the powers that be!)
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To: FightThePower!

Bush 41 was foised on Ronald Reagan by the RINO RNC, Bush 43 was foised on America by the SAME RINO RNC. We got fooled TWICE!


5 posted on 11/19/2010 8:17:48 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

OR..so smart that he won’t even give “the enemy” their desired merit.


6 posted on 11/19/2010 8:20:54 AM PST by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Health Care!!!)
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To: WebFocus

Leno is the asshat who, during the campaign, said he didn’t make jokes about Obama because there was nothing about Obama that lent itself to joking.


7 posted on 11/19/2010 8:23:46 AM PST by Iron Munro (Save The USA. Stamp out Affirmative Action: Get the Obamas out of the White House.)
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To: US Navy Vet

‘Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is.’

No it’s just a shame that you want to sell a product bad enough that you will appear on a show that made fun of you almost every night and never showed you any respect...to that extent he lacks good judgement appearing on Leno.


8 posted on 11/19/2010 8:26:36 AM PST by OregonTide
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To: US Navy Vet

Refresh my memory because I was only 12 in 1980 but who were some of the other possible VP candidates at the time.


9 posted on 11/19/2010 8:30:45 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: WebFocus

What a class act.


10 posted on 11/19/2010 8:31:49 AM PST by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

There were LOTS of REAL conservatives that RR could have chosen. Phil Crane to name one


11 posted on 11/19/2010 8:33:43 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet

Quit spreading MSN failicies.
Bush is NOT DUMB.
His SAT scores were probably higher than yours , with all due respect for you(my father was in the army aircore).
I know his scores were higher than mine. I can also guarantee that you can not get into Harvard Business School or Yale if you are dumb. It does not matter who your father is.
He also flew fighter jets. I can assure you that our armed forces do not allow low intellingence people to fly multimillion dollar aircraft.
You may not have aggreed with all his policies as our President. Niether did I. However, we need to stop helping the dems continue to spread this inaccurate portrayal of our former POTUS.
I appogize for the lecture especially to a NAVY vet. I respect you and your service to our nation. However, your statement just reinforces MSM and liberal lies.


12 posted on 11/19/2010 8:36:44 AM PST by woodbutcher1963
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To: US Navy Vet; FightThePower!
Truth is we see and hear what it is we are looking for ...either good or bad. If we are looking for bad there is plenty of areas we can make a fuss about, if we are looking for the good ... it is there as well..

No one is ever going to please all levels, parts, areas of America. Each has strengths and weakness. Jimmy Carter might not have had any discernible good, other than he went to church and was a Christian.

Issues are important. Sarah is ... what you see is what you get and I thanked God for her when she stepped on to the stage as candidate for VP. A honest, real, person that loved America and wants common sense conservative ideas to prevail.. Go Sarah.

Compared to Obama and or Hillary Sarah is not a liar, cheat, out to control Americans with laws, regulations, horrendous taxes, bankruptcy, and increasing prices on energy, food, gasoline, health care to near or total impoverishment levels for the many.

God help us in our day, in Jesus name, amen.

13 posted on 11/19/2010 8:37:56 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: US Navy Vet

What an amazing statement from one who should know better. President Bush is the class act who makes those of us who call ourselves Americans ashamed we don’t know when to keep our mouths shut.


14 posted on 11/19/2010 8:40:07 AM PST by cousair
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To: woodbutcher1963
Screw YOU! I had the immense pleasure of having Ronald Reagan as my Second C of C after him Both Bushes were nothing but POSERS.
15 posted on 11/19/2010 8:40:21 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: US Navy Vet
Bush 41 was foised on Ronald Reagan by the RINO RNC

Please explain why Reagan was so dumb ? Bush was on the ticket during Reagan's second term

16 posted on 11/19/2010 8:41:18 AM PST by woofie
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To: knittnmom
I watched it and thought it was pretty good. Leno had taken the trouble to read Bush's book beforehand. He tried to get Bush to make comments on current politicians such as Obama but Bush refused (he did have a nice thing to say about Sarah Palin but said his favorite candidate for President was his brother, who won't be running in 2012).

He said when his father had surgery the nurse thought she heard him ask her, "Are my testicles black?" It turned out he was trying to ask, "Are my test results back?"

I thought it went over pretty well and may make it a little harder for Obama & Co. to continue using Bush Derangement Syndrome to advance their agenda.

17 posted on 11/19/2010 8:42:03 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: cousair

The BushBots are out in FORCE today. Must of hit a RINO nerve.


18 posted on 11/19/2010 8:42:12 AM PST by US Navy Vet
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To: Verginius Rufus
He said when his father had surgery the nurse thought she heard him ask her, "Are my testicles black?" It turned out he was trying to ask, "Are my test results back?"

LMAO!!!! That is funny!

19 posted on 11/19/2010 8:43:17 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Refresh my memory because I was only 12 in 1980 but who were some of the other possible VP candidates at the time.

Another great conservative: Paul Laxalt

20 posted on 11/19/2010 8:43:32 AM PST by JohnLongIsland (time to get out of ny)
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To: US Navy Vet

Lighten up. Is life just too serious to never have some fun?


21 posted on 11/19/2010 8:44:15 AM PST by kickonly88 (I love fossil fuel!)
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To: US Navy Vet
Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is.

Run for president...show everyone how it's done.

22 posted on 11/19/2010 8:45:52 AM PST by Tex-Con-Man
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To: US Navy Vet

FOISTED. The word is FOISTED. (And here you are calling Bush “dumb”)


23 posted on 11/19/2010 8:48:56 AM PST by jla
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To: Verginius Rufus

Good. I never watch the late shows - too busy playing games and visiting Facebook, but it’s good to know Bush was treated well on the show.


24 posted on 11/19/2010 8:52:11 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yeah, we get it. You hate Bush blahgblah blah, Halliburton blah, Katrina blah, Bush is the source of all evil. Thanks for hijacking the thread, jackass.


25 posted on 11/19/2010 8:53:14 AM PST by max americana
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Refresh my memory because I was only 12 in 1980 but who were some of the other possible VP candidates at the time.

One possibility that Reagan pursued was to make ex-Prexy Gerald Ford his VP.

Ford and Reagan couldn't agree on the responsibilities that Ford would assume, so the Ford vice-presidency idea was finally dropped.

I was a strong Reagan supporter, and was appalled at the idea.

26 posted on 11/19/2010 8:53:47 AM PST by Ole Okie (American.)
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To: US Navy Vet; JohnLongIsland

Thanks guys!! Much appreciated.


27 posted on 11/19/2010 8:56:12 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Ole Okie

Thanks. That was a horrible idea!!


28 posted on 11/19/2010 9:00:00 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: woodbutcher1963; All
Thank you, for the post.

I agree completely.

It is one of the consistent put downs of the liberals... Dumb, Stupid, unqualified, no experience, dangerous, etc. Yet Obama is not all that smart, he had next to no experience and is proved to be a liar socialist/Marxist, and devoid of compassion. And they love and praise him!!!!!

Has nothing to do with reality. MO

29 posted on 11/19/2010 9:00:07 AM PST by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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To: jla

As in “Git there foistest with the mostest” (Nathan Bedford Forrest).


30 posted on 11/19/2010 9:01:38 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: WebFocus

Hey, Jay, Zero and Michelle are providing a lot of material too, if you’re willing to use it.


31 posted on 11/19/2010 9:03:11 AM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: US Navy Vet; All

I work with veterans on a daily basis (actually, they seek me out because they know I will advocate on their behalf). To a person, these men and women exhibit an extraordinary level of humility, humor and appreciation for our 43rd Commander in Chief — I’ll defer to their informed judgement (and class)!


32 posted on 11/19/2010 9:09:13 AM PST by DrDeb
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To: max americana

KUDOS!


33 posted on 11/19/2010 9:10:31 AM PST by DrDeb
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To: Abbeville Conservative

When asked later in life Reagan said Nancy’s first choice was Jack Kemp. Bush was not foisted on Reagan, he chose Bush himself. There are plenty of sources on this including Lou Cannon’s biography ‘Role of a Lifetime’.

After all, Bush did win a number or primaries and Reagan felt he needed to shore up the East Coast in 1980. Remember that there was still some bad blood between the western conservative wing of the party and the eastern blue bloods from 1964, and Nixon did nothing to make that schism go away. There was also some lingering issues because of Reagan’s primary challenge to Ford in 1976.


34 posted on 11/19/2010 9:12:01 AM PST by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: US Navy Vet

Yeah, that’s a real classy post.


35 posted on 11/19/2010 9:12:36 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Steve_Seattle

“Hey, Jay, Zero and Michelle are providing a lot of material too, if you’re willing to use it.”

If Leno does use any anti Zero and Michelle material he will be labled a racist and the Crips and Bloods will unite and pop a cap in his ass the next time they see him.


36 posted on 11/19/2010 9:15:34 AM PST by LottieDah (Exterminate the 'Rats and save the Republic!)
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To: US Navy Vet
"Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is."

No, he just has too good a heart to even get angry at those said enemies. He reminds me a lot of the movie Forrest Gump. Someone who actually was a slow person. Everyone Forrest came in contact with (except Bubba) thought he was dumb and they were better than him. He always treated everyone with utmost respect and all of those people ended up looking dumb. Just as Jay Leno did last night when Bush reveals that Leno's jokes had no effect on him by his statement. Some people might call that type of "dumbness" brilliantly clever...
37 posted on 11/19/2010 9:52:18 AM PST by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: US Navy Vet
Bush is still too stupid to know who the enemy is.

I'm pretty sure he does know. He sure got the last laugh, of the interview.

38 posted on 11/19/2010 10:26:23 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: US Navy Vet

The term is FOISTED. Which I’m pretty sure President Bush knows how to spell.

Making him smarter than you, you must admit.

Who would you rather had have ‘foisted’ on us than GW Bush and G Bush, for Presidents, during each of their terms???


39 posted on 11/19/2010 10:30:42 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: OregonTide; US Navy Vet
.to that extent he lacks good judgment appearing on Leno.

Former politicians go to ROASTS, and invite comedians to political events who do their best to trash them.

For instance, President Bush had Lewis Black appear at a Washington event DURING his Presidency.

This lambasting is all perfectly acceptable in the name of entertainment.

President Bush said he doesn't get angry, hold grudges, etc.

The Jay Leno show is an advertising medium, and President Bush was wise enough to use it.

If it helps him sell more of his books, it was good judgment.

Maybe Leno was using him, during his Presidency.

Now President Bush is using him.

40 posted on 11/19/2010 10:42:15 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: WebFocus

GOP has always been fodder for comedians, most of whom lean
left (they were a bit hesitant to go after Obama, but who knows)

1988, liberal comic Will Durst: “So I’m gonna miss Reagan, man, but, I’m a comedian. Reagan did for comedians what
the microwave did for appliance stores.”


41 posted on 11/19/2010 11:01:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: LottieDah
“Hey, Jay, Zero and Michelle are providing a lot of material too, if you’re willing to use it.”

I see most of you don't watch his show on a regular basis because he has been doing more and more Obama jokes.

42 posted on 11/19/2010 11:51:57 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: WebFocus
I just finished his book, and while I think RR was by far the most conservative President in my lifetime, GWB is an honorable man.

100% Patriot, and while too soft on the borders and illegal immigration and was duped by Paulson about TARP, he still is head and shoulders above gore/kerry.

There are many of us that had specific disagreements with some of GWBs policies, but,

" Do you miss him yet"?

43 posted on 11/19/2010 12:35:06 PM PST by USS Alaska
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To: US Navy Vet

Fella....I’m married to a MARINE pilot, veteran of more years in service than you have probably stacked up. The word RINO should not be thrown around easily, especially when you are so flip about the usage.


44 posted on 11/19/2010 2:07:14 PM PST by cousair
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To: US Navy Vet

Explain your immense pleasure of having Ronald Reagan as your C& C??


45 posted on 11/19/2010 2:24:36 PM PST by cousair
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights
LMAO!!!! That is funny!>>>>>

Ditto, still laughing...

46 posted on 11/19/2010 8:51:45 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Iron Munro
“Leno is the asshat who, during the campaign, said he didn’t make jokes about Obama because there was nothing about Obama that lent itself to joking”

I think that was Letterman.

Either way, I did not enjoy the Bush interview. Leno showed footage of a couple of Bush gaffes, like trying to open the locked doors at an overseas conference. Bush had a good retort, but it is as plain as the sun in the sky that the same treatment would not be afforded Obama, or Bill Clinton for that matter. Those two are a treasure trove of stupidity and lies, but you would never know it.

The bias is so ingrained, that nobody even knows it's happening right before their eyes.

One other thing is when Leno got Bush to admit that the “Mission Accomplished’ banner was a mistake. I have defended the use of the banner because it was meant to show that the Carrier and its crew accomplished their mission. President Bush gave the Left verification of their lying propaganda.

47 posted on 11/19/2010 9:06:07 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: Kickass Conservative

I agree. Bush acted the part of the socialists’ house niggar. I sick of the Rino ignorance and boot licking.


48 posted on 11/19/2010 9:19:55 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: US Navy Vet

Oh shut up...


49 posted on 11/19/2010 9:26:22 PM PST by CAluvdubya (Palin 2012...YOU BETCHA!.)
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To: CAluvdubya

To be honest, I don’t like politicians who try to be celebrities...but i’m sure Dubya had a good time...


50 posted on 11/19/2010 11:00:55 PM PST by gman992
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