Leno Thanks George W. Bush For ‘All The Material’

by | November 19, 2010 at 9:21 AM | Late Night, The Tonight Show, TV News

Former President George W. Bush appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’ Thursday night to promote his book ‘Decision Points,’ and the host graciously thanked him for providing him with so much material for jokes during his presidency. When asked if any of the countless late night barbs thrown his way bothered him, Bush responded with “I hate to tell you, I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I was asleep.”

Leno’s older, more conservative crowd treated him warmly, as did the host himself. Bush was careful not to speculate too much on the current state of politics in America, though, despite Leno’s push for some insight. “I’m not going to be a political pundit,” he answered when asked about the midterm elections.

On Sarah Palin, he said “I found her to be a very kind and thoughtful person.” When asked if she’ll run for president in 2012, he just shrugged. “My candidate is not going to run. My brother Jeb. It’s too bad. He’s a good man.”

When discussing the disappointments of his presidency, he cited not capturing Osama Bin Laden, not finding the WMDs in Iraq, the Mission Accomplished banner and the picture of him flying over the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “I probably would have been a little less blunt in some of my language,” he added. “Dead or alive, perhaps.”

He also revealed that he occasionally works as a greeter at Wal-Mart. “Guy walks up to me and says ‘anybody ever tell you you look like George W. Bush?’ I said ‘yeah, it happens all the time.’ And the guy, under his breath, goes ‘sure must make you mad.’”

Other things Bush mentioned:

* On why he waited for seven full minutes after hearing that America was under attack during 9/11 before leaving the classroom he was in to get to work: “I’d been in enough crises as the governor of Texas, I knew if you’re the head of an organization, you should not create any sense of panic. In other words, if you’re ever in a crisis and people are counting on you, you oughta project calm.”

* On why he hasn’t really talked about the job President Obama is doing: “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president criticizing his successor.”

* On that famous video of him trying to leave a room in China only to find the door locked: “That’s the definition of a man without an exit strategy.”

* On singing the Yale fight song to his children as a lullaby: “It was quite surprising to people that I could sing… or went to Yale.”