Commentary: Bush taking things seriously now -- except for himself

Fort Worth Star-TelegramSeptember 8, 2010 


Former President George W. Bush waves as he walks to a waiting helicopter alongside President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama, following Obama's inauguration as the 44th U.S. President at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, January 20, 2009. (Saul Loeb/Pool/MCT)


Two months before a book tour and his return to the national TV cameras, George W. Bush spun stories and joked Tuesday for a welcoming Fort Worth audience.

No need to make snarky remarks about the former president and Texas Rangers owner, now a north Dallas resident.

He's fully willing to tell jokes on himself.

"I wrote a book!" he said proudly at the start of an hourlong talk to help raise scholarship money for Tarrant County College.

"I know this comes as a great surprise to those who live on our coasts," he said, rolling his eyes to laughs.

"Most of them didn't think I could read a book."

The crowd laughed even louder. The wisecracking, self-mocking man we knew as governor has come home, close to the first-place Rangers he loves and far from Washington.

Want to joke about his Yale grades? Or about that time in Iraq when a reporter threw a shoe at him? Or about the time he passed out eating a pretzel?

Too late.

Bush already did.

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