“I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates. I don’t want to be viewed as a perpetual money-raiser. I don’t want to be on talk shows giving my opinion or second-guessing the current president. I think it’s bad for the country, frankly, to have a former president criticize his successor. Look, it’s tough enough to be president as it is, without a former president undermining [you]. Plus, I don’t want to do that! I don’t want to be on TV. One of the sacrifices of being president is you lose your anonymity. I like trying to regain anonymity. Being out of the press is something that makes me very comfortable. It’s liberating, frankly.” —
Former President George W. Bush in an interview with CSPAN today, declaring himself basically done with politics for the foreseeable future.