Elections

'I Relied Upon My Faith,' George W. Bush Tells Jay Leno

NPR | Nov. 20, 2013 7:37 a.m.

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Mark Memmott

Former President George W. Bush gave Tonight Show host Jay Leno a painting Tuesday night. Since leaving the White House, Bush has taken up painting.

Former President George W. Bush gave Tonight Show host Jay Leno a painting Tuesday night. Since leaving the White House, Bush has taken up painting.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno's YouTube channel

Making a relatively rare appearance on national TV, former President George W. Bush told Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Tuesday that “I relied upon my faith, my family helped a lot and I had a good team around me” while in the White House.

Bush also repeated some things he’s said before — that he doesn’t miss being president and that he’ll leave it up to history to judge his performance.

The nation’s 43rd president also had some funny moments: “You look much more relaxed” now, Leno told him. “No kidding. … Duh!” Bush said with a laugh and a comical look on his face.

The show has posted several clips on its YouTube page. We’ll embed one that includes some of the serious and not-so-serious parts of the discussion.

Since leaving office, Bush has taken up painting. Bush gave Leno a portrait he’s done of the Tonight Show host.

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