February 25, 2009

Former President Bush to begin to hit the speakers circuit

Posted: 09:19 AM ET

George W Bush will embark next month on an international speaking tour aimed at making him hundreds of thousands of dollars and reshaping his battered image abroad.

The former president plans to make about ten speeches over the next year — the first of what he hopes will be many more — at various venues in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Mr Bush promised at his final news conference that he would keep busy as soon as he left office. He is also working on a book about his eight tumultuous years in the White House and his presidential institute. Its central theme will be liberty.

He will deliver his first speech on March 17 in Calgary, Canada. It will be held in a convention centre before a mostly business audience, and the press will not be allowed to attend. The brochure promoting it reads: “President during a period of great consequence, George W Bush shares thoughts on his eight momentous years in the Oval Office and discusses the challenges facing the world in the 21st century.”


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Michael C. McHugh   February 25th, 2009 10:33 am ET

Just like Reagan after he left office. He went to Japan to talk about whatever and made millions. I don't see someone like Bush Junior ever doing any work for Habitat for Humanity or anything like that. It's fitting that he's going to Alberta, which is sometimes called the Texas of Canada. As for most of us down here, we've heard more than enough from him to last a lifetime.

gg   February 25th, 2009 10:51 am ET


sean brizendine   February 25th, 2009 10:58 am ET

larry he will be speaking to an empty house.
"sean in santa rosa"

gg   February 25th, 2009 12:53 pm ET

is because most american,s don,t want to see or hear from him again what ever he says will be a lie like the last eight years

Eric   February 25th, 2009 2:22 pm ET

I can't wait to read his book. I am sure the canadians will welcome his presence! You think Bush was bad do you, wait til the end of Obama's term and see were he stands. When people realize he can't fix the economy, they will turn on him like a pack of hipocritical wolves that they are!

vj   February 25th, 2009 3:17 pm ET

Where is he going to learn English prior he embark on this venture.

atsegga   February 25th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

The Borgen Project has some good info on the cost of addressing global poverty.

$30 billion: Annual shortfall to end world hunger.
$550 billion: U.S. Defense budget

debbie   February 25th, 2009 6:37 pm ET

Did Bush and Palin go to the same schools. Their lack to communicate then blame others for their mistakes is almost they have to be relatives or school buddies. Both of them please go away.

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   February 25th, 2009 6:52 pm ET

HOW CAN THE INTELLIGENTSIA OF AMERICA BE SO BLINDED that they cannot see that the Federal Government must have a money system that can create and maintain an equivalent ratio of money to the goods and services that its peoples’ hands and minds can produce? Nature’s Basic Law of Economics states: All goods and services flow from the action of people resources on natural resources— Money is the medium of exchange which should be equal to the value of the goods and services—and not to a gold standard or some other insane idea.
RECESSION is a product of the blatant ignorance of the President, Congress, Economists, and the News Media who do not understand Nature's Basic Law of Economics, and Article 1, Section 8, of the Constitution.
Nature’s Basic Law of Economics states: All goods and services flow from the action of people resources on natural resources— Money is the medium of exchange which should be equal to the value of the goods and services—and not to a gold standard or some other insane idea.
Article 1, Section 8
The congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, impost and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States;
To borrow money on the credit of the United States;
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes;
To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;
To coin Money, regulate the value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures;
To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States; etc...
Mr. President, we need to help the governors of each state balance their budgets. They do not have the Constitutional power to create money like the Federal Government does (article 1, section 8, of the Constitution). You will save a lot of jobs and fuel the economy more by this than by giving money to the banks. The Federal Government has the responsibility to make sure there is enough money so every entity can have a balanced budget.
MR. PRESIDENT, now that you have the stimulus –ask businesses to do their part by lowering all their prices by at least 1%.
Stop the negative talk. Keep encouraging people to start buying and spending.

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   February 25th, 2009 6:58 pm ET


Give each state one billion dollars for each member of Congress– which would distribute the money equally among the states. States could keep all of their employees, and they could add a few more. They could create millions of new jobs by getting a lot of needed projects going. The Federal Government has the Constitutional authority to create new money. It doesn’t need to borrow it from China or anyone else. Giving 535 billion dollars to the states makes more sense than giving two or three trillion dollars to the banks.
TAX CUTS FOR THE RICH AND FLOAT DRIED UP MONEY SUPPLY When the rich get tax cuts, they don’t put it under their mattress; but what they do with it has the same effect. They store it as bytes on computer chips. They don’t spend the money that’s needed to moves goods and services.

The efficiency of the clearing houses for financial institutions has dried up trillions of dollars in float. You can’t beat a check to the bank any more. Debit cards, paying bills on line, buying on the internet with Pay Pal and the many other ways that money can instantly be taken out of bank accounts has dried up the money supply. When you could beat a local check to the bank and when it took an out of town check ten days to clear the bank, there were billions of dollars that could be spent by the depositors and billions that could be loaned out by the banks. WHERE ARE THE ECONOMISTS?

JIM CARROLL INTERNET FREE PRESS   February 25th, 2009 7:06 pm ET

Larry, if you want to know how to fix the ecomony, please go to the All of the economist are down in the same barn shoveling in the same pile of cow manure. Please help get these dumbells on the right track.

dominic from nyc   February 25th, 2009 7:32 pm ET

we really did not want to see him again on TV or in the news he competing w/Pres Obama ? does he feel guilt ? ..just wondering...

Judith   February 25th, 2009 8:58 pm ET

What is he going to be talking about other than he lied about going into Iraq and it was party time while he was in office.

Will he say he bought the election in 2000 and used the Fear card in 2004?

Will he say how he promised to help the big 3 bailout then hurried off that weekend instead to have a pair of shoes thrown at him?

Will he say that as our Country was getting worse we had a President by the name of Bush who acted like he was already retired in the locker room with a towel over his shoulder while one that had his hands tied till Jan 09 that had to sit seeing our Country going deeper and deeper?

Will he say how Cheney gave himself more power than any other VP?
What about Cheney who just had to carry those certain boxes that a mover or aids who do help weren't to carry when he pulled his back out.

What honest issue could he actually talk about?

ronnie from ga   February 25th, 2009 11:18 pm ET

why isn't he working to help the poor the homeless the hungry ?..he just wants to make more $$ giving speeches ? he's out of touch w/the middle class out of touch w/reality ?...

ed,vancouver canada   February 26th, 2009 2:17 am ET

Calgary,not all that far from here is the Texas of Canada,and Bush has some oil ideas they probably want.
The stimulus hype and change remains to be seen.
Bush did the best he thought at the time and dealt with alot of problems as de regulation from the previous president.
When obama's plan falls apart,because this is not a u.s. only problem,Bush will not look that bad.Especially more war.
At least there was no more attacks.
The u.s banks are cutting credit,not expanding it.
That will not change and the economy will keep dropping.

Eric   February 26th, 2009 9:21 am ET

It's easy to be critical on someone who congress, house, or senate never tried to work with. A president can't do a whole lot or make a lot of positive changes when the democrats are working against someone. The world trade centers got knocked down his first year in office and killed our finnancial institution. You want to blame someone for the economy, blame the arabs that sent the people over here in our country to bring it down.
There has not been another attack on this soil again since that, and I thank our soldiers and president Bush's stance on defending our nation. At least he had the balls to stand up to the enemies, while the democrats were ready to crawl into a shell and hide from them!! President Bush did extremely well with the hand he was dealt coming into office. He must have done a really good job or people would not have elected him TWICE!! But anyway, talk bad about Bush all you want, we'll see how our super hero who's gonna save us all stands at the end of his term. He'll make Bush look like an angel.

clarice from mx   February 26th, 2009 1:32 pm ET

does he really need the extra money ? or just misses giving speeches ?

linda mae from la   February 26th, 2009 1:35 pm ET

maybe he wants to feel important..we'll wait for his book...

nick & karen from Colorado   February 26th, 2009 7:09 pm ET

we really would like to see him building houses like Jimmy Carter did or doing sm other kind of volunteer work..perhaps in a VA hospital..good experience for hm then he can write his bk in his spare time...

Carry   February 27th, 2009 4:04 pm ET

ERIC – Well said.

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