President Bush In Grand Rapids

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

The auditorium at the Gerald Ford Museum is not big, but that's because it wasn't a press conference Thursday with the former president, it was a conversation with George W. Bush.

President Bush certainly lived up to his charm, leading off the discussion with some levity.

"I bet you all are surprised I can even read let alone write," President Bush said.

Laughs aside, the conversation turned serious when he talked about the 9/11, namely when he got the news at that elementary school in Florida.

"I looked at their faces, so innocent, and right then and there I knew I had to protect the American people.

He said it Thursday, and it's a major theme in his book, hence the title, that each and every decision he made thereafter was affected by that one single day.

"I walk you through those decisions, and I'd do it again," he said.

Bush talked politics, Washington, and war, he also sprinkled in some anecdotes throughout the hour. The crowd seemed thrilled to be apart of it.

"It was interesting to see whether you agree with the decisions he made or not, just to hear how he came to those conclusions," Michael Lomonaco of Grand Rapids said.

"I liked him a lot, he was so personable, so humorous," Sid Shank of Paw Paw said.

The book is already on the New York Times best seller list, the President said this is his last hurrah, now he'll let history be the judge.

The President was asked what's next for him, he said he will not be involved in politics anymore, but hopefully will be involved in promoting causes he believes are important. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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