In a lighthearted interview, former President George W. Bush diverged from promoting his book and took the time to praise Kimmel’s Oscars speech, and laughing at quips at the new President.
Bush, who is doing a media tour to promote his new book of paintings, “Portraits of Courage”, a look at veterans across the country. Proceeds are going towards a charity that helps veterans.
President Bush not just laughed, but told Kimmel his speech at the Oscars was “damn good!” Kimmel’s speech mocked Trump for calling Meryl Streep overrated, and poked fun at the President’s twitter account. Bush did say he has an odd sense of humor, and liked to laugh.
When Kimmel mentioned the news, which President Trump frequently lunges at in his twitter posts, Bush said he didn’t even watch television. “You’re pretty busy, there’s plenty to do,” Bush pointed out.
‘I love humor, the best humor is when you make fun of yourself,’ President Bush said while commenting that he always loved the Correspondents Dinner.
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During his opening skit at the award ceremony Kimmel on Sunday landed several blows on President Trump about how he’d made the rest of the world ‘hate’ America and described a divided country that no one could fix.
He then mocked Trump’s assessment of Meryl Streep as one of Hollywood’s most ‘overrated actresses’, sarcastically piling on to her apparent mediocrity.
President Bush, eager to portray his sense of humor on Thursday, appeared to wholeheartedly approve of the roast.
But Bush didn’t stop there in allowing Kimmel to make pointed comparisons with the current commander-in-chief.
Unlike Trump who has complained incessantly about news networks and their coverage of him, Bush said he didn’t ever watch television during office.
‘You’re pretty busy, there’s plenty to do.’
He said he always enjoyed attending the White House Correspondents Dinner – something the current president boycotted – and even used it as an opportunity to poke fun at himself.
‘I love humor, the best humor is when you make fun of yourself,’ President Bush said, carefully resisting Kimmel’s response: ‘Tell that to the president!’.
While he admitted he hadn’t ever watched Alec Baldwin in his role on Saturday Night Live, President Bush embraced the show’s imitations of him while he was in office.
Unlike Trump, who last year slammed The Wall Street Journal, President Bush said he relied on the publication for his daily news.
The 70-year-old diplomatically resisted Kimmel’s several attempts to have him chide Trump by name.
He did let out an enthusiastic laugh when asked if he was jealous of the size of the crowds at Trump’s inauguration.
The former president shared several upbeat anecdotes from his time and office.
He laughed off a hunting accident which saw Vice President Dick Cheney shoot lawyer Harry Whittington in the face. ‘Every time Cheney would come in, a lot of people would yell duck!’