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President George W. Bush Jokes His Way Through Live Facebook Interview — Does It Make You Like Him More?

Tue, November 30, 2010 6:34pm EDT by Add first Comment

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After watching George W.’s hour long, carefree interview with Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, do you like him more or less than before?

George W. Bush made history by being the first U.S. president to ever participate in a live streaming interview via Facebook Nov. 29 — and he somehow managed to make the hour long conversation entertaining, enlightening and down right funny.

The 64-year-old Texan and author of Decision Points wasted no breath trying to sugar coat what he was doing on Facebook Live, admitting to Mark Zuckerberg, “Because you’ve got a lot of people paying attention to us, and I’m trying to sell books.”

He explained, “I’ve written this book because I recognize there’s no such thing as accurate short-term history. I want to give future historians a perspective: mine. […] I’ve also written it for people who wonder what it’s like to be president.”

Throughout the interview, George W. poked fun at Mark, even joking about the fact he never graduated from college. However, the talk wasn’t all fun and games — the former president applauded President Obama for his efforts now, saying he wouldn’t critique any of his successors because the job is such a tough one. He also gave heart-felt fathering advice.

“If you are fortunate enough to be a father, my advice is love your child with all your heart and soul,” he said.

The chat ended on a light note. “If you see me in an airport, I hope you wave with all five fingers, but if you don’t you won’t be the first,” Bush said. “I’m a comfortable guy.”

Did you watch Bush’s interview on Facebook? Did you like his laid-back and witty demeanor? Did it change your perspective on him? Sound off below!

–Kirstin Benson