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Bush's place in history depends on Obama era

Anne Applebaum

Published 10/11/2010 | 05:00

Oprah Winfrey interviewing former US president George W Bush on her TV show
Oprah Winfrey interviewing former US president George W Bush on her TV show

TO hear George W Bush tell it, he isn't bothered whether we like him or not. He doesn't care that he was hailed as the least popular American president in history, and he doesn't read opinion polls anyway.

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"I really don't care about perceptions at this point," he declared during a television interview this week, the first he has given since leaving office. "I served, I gave it my all and I'm a content man."

It was an odd thing to say at the start of a publicity campaign that is surely unprecedented in the history of the US presidency. That first interview -- with Matt Lauer of NBC, one of the top American television journalists -- was only one of many to come. During the next days and weeks, the ex-president is going to talk to everyone from Oprah to Rush Limbaugh. He will attend the ground-breaking ceremony for his presidential library (every US president gets one) in Dallas. He will hawk his new book, 'Decision Points', which he told Lauer is intended "to put the reader in the environment in which I had to make decisions".

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