President Bush, notoriously wary of the press, gave an interview to his sister last month. Before the brains of 1,000 journalists explode, note that the interview was for StoryCorps, NPR's national oral history initiative. The interviews for the project are normally conducted by loved ones.
The White House released excerpts from the interview today. Some notable remarks:
"I would like to be a person remembered as a person who,
first and foremost, did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the
"I'd like to be a President (known) as somebody who liberated 50 million people and helped achieve peace; that focused on individuals rather than process; that rallied people to serve their neighbor; that led an effort to help relieve HIV/AIDS and malaria on places like the continent of Africa; that helped elderly people get prescription drugs and Medicare as a part of the basic package; that came to Washington, D.C., with a set of political statements and worked as hard as I possibly could to do what I told the American people I would do."
"I would advise politicians, however, to be careful about faith in the public arena. ...In other words, politicians should not be judgmental people based upon their faith. They should recognize -- as least I have recognized I am a lowly sinner seeking redemption, and therefore have been very careful about saying (accept) my faith or you're bad. In other words, if you don't accept what I believe, you're a bad person."
The full text of the excerpt released by the White House is after the jump.