This morning on NBC’s Today Show, President George W. Bush spoke on his remaining political thoughts, and without criticizing President Trump, or supporting him, the former president stated very plainly that he supports an immigration policy that would be “welcoming”. Bush also talked about the media’s role in the presidency.
In the video, the former President recalls a time when the media was critical of him as well, but did state that a “free press” must exist to “keep people like me in check”. He didn’t mention any of the fake news released during his presidency.
Bush also said, “There’s only been one month in office. He has four years. Secondly, I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country, and we’ll see if he’s able to do so. It’s hard though to unify the country when the news media is so split up. When I was president, you all mattered a lot more, because there was 3 of you… and now there’s all kinds of information being bombarded out. It’s just a different world.”
When Bush was prompted by the host on his thoughts on the media, especially since the media was very critical during the Bush years, he said, “I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. I mean, power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive… Its important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power. Whether that be here or elsewhere… Its hard to tell others to have a free and independent media if we don’t have one.”
Breitbart has more:
Bush emphasized to host “Today” host Matt Lauer the importance to “worship freely.”
“I think it’s very important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or not worship at all,” Bush said. “The bedrock of our freedom, a bedrock of our freedom, is the right to worship freely. And I — you see, I understood right off the bat, Matt this, that is an ideological conflict. And people who murder the innocent are not religious people. They want to advance an ideology. And we’ve faced those in the past.”
Bush went on to say it was hard to fight the war on terror “in retreat,” referring to the United States’ decision to leave the Middle East during President Barack Obama’s term.
Later when pressed on whether or not he approved or disapproved of the policy, Bush refrained.
“I am for an immigration policy that’s welcoming and upholds the law,” he added.