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Former President George W. Bush is back in the spotlight, after an interview in which he reflected on his “awesome” presidency.

“Look, eight years was awesome,” Bush told the Hoover Institute’s Peter Robinson on Tuesday. “You know, I was famous and I was powerful, but I have no desire for fame and power anymore.”

Video is below, via The Raw Story

Given that Bush left office with a staggeringly low 22 percent approval rating, it’s safe to say that the American people also have no desire for Bush to regain his fame and power.

As Bush said in the interview, he has almost completely withdrawn from the spotlight since he left office. Although he has made good on his plan to “replenish the ol’ coffers,” by giving private speeches for $150,000 each, he has made few public appearances since the end of his presidency.

One consequence of Bush’s seclusion is that has offered almost no public support to Mitt Romney — only once declaring “I’m for Mitt Romney” as a set of elevator doors closed on him. In the interview with Robinson, Bush expanded on that thought, saying that “I’m interested in politics. I’m a supporter of Mitt Romney. I hope he does well. But you know, he can do well without me.”

There could be more publicity in Bush’s future, however. The former president wrote the forward for a recently released George W. Bush Institute book on economic growth, despite the fact that — as Harvard Business Review editorial director Justin Fox put it — Bush was “probably the least-successful President on the economic front since Herbert Hoover.”

Bush’s full interview with Robinson can be seen here.


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