In an appearance on the Today Show, President George W. Bush decides to show his elder statesman chops:

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” Bush said in a “Today” show interview Monday morning. “We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”

“One of the things I spent a lot of time doing was trying to convince a person — like Vladimir Putin, for example — to accept the notion of an independent press. It’s kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we’re not willing to have one ourselves,” he said.

That’s diametrically opposed to President Donald Trumps view that the media is the enemy of the people.

And as far at the Russian influence in Washington, President Bush had this to say:

Bush also said he wanted answers regarding Russia’s connection to the White House but wasn’t sure a special prosecutor was the correct tactic. He said he would defer to the judgment of Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, on how to investigate the matter.

So it’s time that Congress starts to take an investigation seriously.

And reiterating what he said after 9/11, the president talked about the travel ban and religious freedom:

“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law.”

“A bedrock of our freedom is a right to worship freely,” said Bush when discussing his response to the Sept. 11 attacks. “I understood right off the bat that this was an ideological conflict. People who murder the innocent are not religious people.”

An interesting take on the current environment by a man who has been there.

2 Responses to Now George W Bush Decides to Get All Statesmanly

  1. Wisconsin Conservative Digest says:

    Bush is getting even with Trump for calling his decisions lousy on Iraq.
    Plus Trump said “Fake news was threat to Americans”, not the Free pres.

    • pplr says:

      Trump has claimed CNN, which *is* part of the “Free pres”, is “Fake news”.

      Many of the things CNN reported on have already been proven true-such as the stuff with Flynn.

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