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Former president George W.
Bush speaking to Sean Hannity in his first extended cable TV interview since leaving office.
He's promoting his new book decision points which hits bookstores today.
Setting -- record straight on everything from the 9/11 terror attacks Hurricane Katrina.
The war in Iraq and his frustrations about not finding weapons of mass destruction in that country.
Everybody thought he had WB everybody being every intelligence service everybody administration lot of Democrats certainly have a lot of members of congress.
-- -- remember and that I think.
Upcoming for the sake history's important put in the book that.
Prior to my arrival congress -- overwhelmingly passed a resolution that for the removal of Saddam Hussein from power and was embraced by my predecessor.
Joining us now the former deputy Press Secretary under George W.
Bush Scott stands all Scott is is a sizable book 500 pages roughly.
Anything in -- -- surprise you I mean is this the same book the same boss that that you saw as you were as he was leaving office.
Yeah it really is I think people will see that he's a man of character integrity compassion.
And he's a man who's very much at peace with the decisions that he had to make in what was one of the most.
Tumultuous may -- times and a recent history in this country and I think.
You know he's not one he's prone to navel gazing are being put on the couch is he sort of used to like to say.
So this book that walks people through and the decisions that he had to make.
As president and that he was confronted with when he was in the Oval Office I think will provide -- sort of revealing sense of all the information that he.
He processes president in those difficult decisions that he had to make whether it was on the economy.
-- on issues of national security or things even in his personal life and he doesn't shrink from some of those calls that he made I mean he he's been asked about Hurricane Katrina for instance and and said yeah I didn't I didn't do the kind of job that I wish I had done.
Right he is he is certainly able to reflect on some of the things that went very well during his presidency some of the more troubling times.
Whether it was Hurricane Katrina -- that financial crisis that occurred.
I think he's one who is not one to shift blame.
As he may have seen in the interview that he conducted last night.
He's so I'm always to blame and he actually sort of meant that because it is a buck stops here job with the president and he felt the weight of that office.
Fully when he was there and I think this book will help people understand why he made the decisions he did at the time.
When he had to make them.
He had a 90%.
Approval rating just after the 9/11 attacks it was substantially lower at the time he left office.
When you were coordinating some of his sort of exit interviews.
With the media did that bother him.
No it really didn't hit -- he he used to say who cares.
And that was one of the quickest ways that you could get dismissed from the Oval Office is too.
Bring poll numbers into a conversation.
It was not something that really drove his decision making at all in fact.
The discussion about whether Vice President Cheney would be kept on the ticket in the book he has a revealing discussion of that conversation.
That occurred in 2003.
That is sort of reflective of the type of president that he was he wanted somebody who could do the job.
And he wasn't really very concerned.
Abouts poll numbers are sometimes.
Making people upset with the decisions that he had to make that he thought were in the best interest of the country one of those concerns waterboarding.
There has been so much criticism directed at at the bush administration for the waterboarding.
Detainees at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere and yet the president points out what three people were subjected to waterboarding.
Right that's right three people and you know the president's most important task is to help protect -- people of this country.
And certainly after the devastating tat attacks of 9/11.
That was a singular focus for President Bush and because of the changes we made.
And then leadership that he provided to completely restructure our security apparatus.
We did not suffer another attack for the rest of his presidency but.
There were some very tough decisions that he had to make and he talked about that waterboarding.
In that it gathered valuable information to protect American lives in he would make the same decision again -- he had to put faith.
In those people that we're gaming in about him advice he's not a lawyer as he's indicated.
And he got the legal advice that waterboarding was permissible.
And it was used in a very very limited sense he has some nice things to say about former President Bill Clinton.
Says he gets along with him very well they enjoy kind of a collegial relationship -- he also.
Says he's not going to be one to criticize the current president President Obama.
That's right I think that presidents President Bush really does want to me means it when he says he wants to try to regain some of his anonymity.
-- he doesn't want to be somebody who's constantly on on the political stage criticizing actions that are being taken by.
Those who are in Washington DC.
You know he as presidents.
You you have joined a very unique club and obviously from his father being president he knows.
A great deal about that and and thought about that as he was going through his own two terms in office.
But he doesn't see himself as one who's gonna.
Take much time criticizing the current office holder and President Obama because he knows that they're -- of people out there.
Who really sort of professionally criticize the president no matter who it is.
Scott -- stands -- was deputy Press Secretary under George W.
Bush his new book is just now decision points.
Be sure to catch Sean had -- and tires.
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