The George W. Bush Presidential Center was dedicated on Thursday, and on what was supposed to be Bush’s day, President Obama found a way to make it about him. Sounding more like a campaign speech than a tribute to a former president, Obama managed to bring up immigration.
Obama began by giving a nod to the “former president’s club” and said that to him it seemed like “more of a support group.”
“No matter how much you think you’re ready to assume the office of the president, it’s impossible to understand the nature of the job until it’s yours,” Obama said. “The first thing I found in that desk was a letter from George. He knew that I would come to learn what he had learned. That being president is a humbling job.”
While Obama has spent the last four years blaming his predecessor’s actions as president for all things wrong in the U.S. today, he sounded convincing delivering praise to Bush as a person.
“We know President Bush the man,” Obama said. “To know the man is to like the man. Because he’s comfortable in his own skin. He knows who he is. He doesn’t put on any pretenses. He takes the job seriously but he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He’s a good man.”
But at about 5:30 into the speech, Obama shamelessly interjected his immigration campaign, saying that Bush initially restarted the conversation to propose reforms seven years ago.
“And even though comprehensive immigration reform has taken a little longer than any of us expected, I am hopeful that this year, with the help of Speaker Boehner, and some of the senators and members of Congress who are here today, that we bring it home for our families, our economy, our security, and for this incredible country that we love,” Obama said. “And if we do that it will be in large part thanks to the hard work of President George W. Bush.”
Watch Obama’s speech via Fox News video here.
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