George W. Bush Unplugged

Well, one thing you have to say for the former President:  he says what he believes.

In a speech to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids, MI, Mr. Bush made some of his most pointed and clear defense of his Presidential policies…most importantly about the war on terror.

“Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed,” Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror.

“I’d do it again to save lives.”

Regarding Iraq:  “Getting rid of Saddam Hussein was the right thing to do and the world is a better place without him,” Bush said.

But he also made it clear he would leave political potshots at President Barack Obama to others, saying: “You are not going to see me in the public square criticizing the President.”

“I didn’t like it when a certain former president made my life miserable,” he said, a reference to former President Jimmy Carter.  Bush, of course, has taken a completely different strategy then his #2, Former Vice President Dick Cheney, who has been possibly the most vocal opposition to President Obama.

Bush said his greatest disappointment as president was failing to push through Social Security reform, a major campaign issue of his in 2004.

And keeping his comedic side, when referring to his decision to wear an old tuxedo and Laura Bush’s reaction to it, Bush said: “‘Read my lips, no new tuxes.'”

In many ways, the speech offers insight to what we may see in Bush’s forthcoming memoir, “Decision Points,” coming in November. Most likely, it will be a frank and unapologetic look at his Presidency…something I am sure liberals are going to love, and have seizures over.