In his first in-depth interview since leaving office, President George W. Bush spoke with NBC's Matt Lauer in an hour-long program Monday night. From 9/11 to the invasion of Iraq to Hurricane Katrina to the Wall Street meltdown, Bush reflected on the major decisions of his presidency, as discussed in his new memoir "Decision Points." Though he expressed remorse about a number of moments during his reign, he stood behind his most controversial actions.
Here's what pundits are saying about Bush's reemergence in the spotlight:
A Very Intimate Interview, writes Alessandra Stanley at The New York Times:
He told the very personal story of how as a teenager he drove his mother to the hospital after she suffered a miscarriage, and discovered how “straightforward” she was when she showed him the remains of the fetus in a jar.
He also gave an example of how out of control he could be before he gave up drinking. “So, I’m drunk at the dinner table at Mother and Dad’s house in Maine. And my brothers and sister are there, Laura’s there. And I’m sitting next to a beautiful woman, friend of Mother and Dad’s. And I said to her out loud, ‘What is sex like after 50?’ ”
There were other moments when Mr. Bush was defensive, but for the most part he looked more relaxed and unguarded than that at any time in his presidency, even chuckling.
Will Inevitably Help Explain His Pro-Life Views, writes Leonard Greene at The New York Post:
He's Still Delusional, writes liberal columnist Steve Kornacki at Salon: