Well, it took eight years for former President Bush to say something about the actions of Barack Obama, but when he did, it wasn’t pretty. The Former President quietly sat on the sidelines while his successor lead the country from one disaster to another. But yesterday on the Sean Hannity Show, George W. Bush told the country how he really felt about Obama’s actions and policies.
The former President well known for his support of our nations troops told the Fox News Network’s, Sean Hannity, that he was “frustrated” when Obama made the decision to remove all U.S. troops out of Iraq in early 2011. He went on to say that action cleared the way for ISIS to be formed from the remains of Al Qaeda in Iraq. President Bush put it this way: “I think what people have got to realize is this bunch of thugs can be defeated, because we did so with the surge,” Bush said in the interview broadcast Monday.
And he clearly showed his frustration with Obama’s actions in the Middle East when he added: “And we can win again.” But Bush is not exactly enthralled with President Trump either, while he does seem to support Mr. Trumps intention to go after the remaining terrorists and wipe out the remains of the Islamic State.
Mr. Bush told Hannity that: “I’ve heard both Presidents [Obama and Trump] say we’re going to degrade and defeat ISIS and I say ‘go get ’em’ because they can be degraded and defeated,” Bush added. “It’s very important, in my mind, that we do so, so that people know they can rely upon us and the people — not only governments but people on the ground.”
No one is sure just what else the former President will have to say on the topics of Presidents Trump and Obama, but all this week, segments of his interview will be aired on the Fox News Network on the Sean Hannity Show. The interview with Sean is part of a Public Relations campaign that is being launched just prior to the release of Mr. Bushs new book. Entitled “Portaits of Courage,” it will feature nearly 100 paintings of military veterans that were created by the former President. These are not the Generals and Admirals that we all know and see every night on the news, but rather the men and women that have chosen to put their lives on the line to keep America safe.
Mr. Bush told Sean that the idea for the portraits was one that came from one of his art instructors, who advised him to “paint people nobody knows.” “And it just dawned on me … warriors,” Bush said. “And so I did, I painted all these warriors. I’ve known every one of them. I know their stories … and I admire them greatly.” Proceeds will be donated to the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a charity devoted to providing assistance to “post-9/11 veterans and their families.”
In addition to the book, there will also be a companion exhibit of the paintings on view at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas beginning this Thursday and continuing through Oct. 1. Bush said, “This exhibit, honors those who heard the call and volunteered and were willing to risk their lives to not only defend ourselves, but to advance liberty.”
No other information was given as to what other words the former President might have on the actions of either Obama or President Trump, but with about 5 hours of interview to pick from, many expect a few jewels to show themselves.