We hope this guy means what he says:
Former president George W. Bush says he is through with politics, fundraising and campaigning — and has no interest in political punditry. Bush talked about his post-presidential years in an interview this week in Dallas with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb at a Southern Methodist University forum. His presidential library will be located at SMU.
The full interview is scheduled to air on Sunday.
I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates. I don’t want to be viewed as a perpetual money-raiser. I don’t want to be on these talk shows giving my opinion, second-guessing the current president. I think it’s bad for the country, frankly, to have a former president criticize his successor. It’s tough enough to be president as it is without a former president undermining the current president. Plus, I don’t want to do that.
He adds that he finds this stage of his post-presidency “very comfortable” and “somewhat liberating.” Bush also acknowledged the irony of using the C-SPAN TV interview to underscore that he does not want to be on TV.