“Every single day I was honored to be your president by bringing honor and dignity to the office,” Bush said in his first foray into motivational speaking at the day-long Get Motivated seminar.
Bush spoke in a relaxed tone about a few lessons he'd learned in his life including sticking to your principles and living each day to its fullest.
“It’s so simple in life to chase popularity but popularity is fleeting," Bush said. "It’s not real."
The former president also emphasized the importance of generosity, noting how many people were surprised when he promised billions in aid to Africa to fight the AIDS epidemic.
“Apparently Republicans aren’t supposed to be compassionate so it was a shock," Bush said.
Bush also spoke about his faith, promising everyone in the audience that those people who prayed for him and his wife while they lived in the Oval Office made the first couple's lives better.
“From a personal perspective, I don’t see how you can be president without relying upon an almighty," Bush said.
Bush’s speech sounded briefly like a Republican Party stump speech when he spoke about his economic outlook.
"Another principle I believe in is that you can spend your money better than the government can,” Bush said to huge applause. He added later, “The marketplace works. It is fair. It is equitable. It is a fair form of democracy.”
At the end of his speech, Bush received a standing ovation.