Bush Book Hits Shelves

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 4:56pm

Former President Bush signs copies of "Decision Points" in Dallas.

After remaining mostly silent since leaving office, former President George W. Bush is speaking out, answering some of his critics and revealing part of his personal side with the release of his memoirs.

The book is called "Decision Points" and hit shelves Tuesday.

The lines started last night and through this morning stretched around the Dallas bookstore where President Bush was signing copies.

"I just didn't want to get out there anymore. I didn't want to get back into what I call the swamp. I was trying, I'm trying to regain a sense of anonymity, and the other reason why is I don't think it's good for the Presidency for a former president to be opining about his successor,"
Bush said. "President Obama's got plenty of critics, and and I'm just not going to be one.

He talked about the book in an exclusive interview with the Today Show's Matt Lauer.

The book deals with some of his toughest decisions in office including before, during and after going to war.

The former president also shares personal decisions, like when he decided to stop drinking alcohol just after his 40th birthday.

"I really am convinced, had I not quit drinking, I wouldn't be sitting here as a former president," he said.

Former President Bush will talk more about his book, and time in office during a live interview Wednesday morning on the Today Show.
 

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