Gotta gave GWB credit for not backing down from what he believes in:
"Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday.
"Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped his presidency and convinced him the nation was in a war against terror.
"I'd do it again to save lives."
He also showed a lot of class, refusing to attack Obama who has repeatedly blamed everything on Bush and his administration:
"But he also made it clear he would leave political potshots at President Barack Obama to others, saying: "You are not going to see me in the public square criticizing the president."
"I'm trying to regain a sense of anonymity," he said in February.
"I didn't like it when a certain former president made my life miserable," he said, a reference to former President Jimmy Carter and his frequent criticisms of Bush
Bush also showed how important religion truly is to him:
Bush underlined the role religion played in his life in the White House, saying prayer gave him strength to go forward.
"I prayed a lot. I really did. I prayed before every major speech. I prayed before debates. It was a very important experience."
Unlike Obama, he praised American citizens:
Bush recounted the story of former East Grand Rapids resident Bill Krissoff, an orthopedic surgeon who pressed Bush at age 61 in 2007 to let him join the Navy as a combat surgeon in honor of his son. Marine Lt. Nathan Krissoff, 25, had been killed in a December 2006 roadside bomb explosion in Iraq.
Krissoff served a year in Iraq and now is serving at age 63 in Afghanistan, Bush said.
"America produces amazing people like Dr. Krissoff," Bush said.
I gotta say, reading this was like a breath of fresh air to me. Bush sounds so classy and mature compared to the present occupant of the White House, a narcissistic whiner who blames everyone and everything but himself for anything that happens, and demonizes everyone who disagrees with him.