Bush’s biggest regret? The “intelligence failure in Iraq.” (Indeed, that familiar phrase and related topics have resonated with designers over the past 5 years as well.) Though he acknowledged that he was “unprepared” for war and regrets that the reports of WMD’s were incorrect, the President did not answer Gibson’s question as to whether the Iraq invasion would have take place had it been widely known that there were no WMD’s in Iraq.
Asked what his greatest accomplishment has been, the President’s response was: “I keep recognizing we’re in a war against ideological thugs and keeping America safe.” The First Lady also felt that her husband would be remembered for keeping America safe.
As for his greatest disappointments, Bush listed finding no WMD’s, Iraq in general, and immigration reform. He didn’t specify what about Iraq was a disappointment, but we have 1.3 million Iraq products that give a pretty clear picture of what the American people think.
Bush notes during the interview that he doesn’t worry about how short-term history will judge him, and perhaps that’s a good thing. Of the 1.8 million Bush t-shirts and other merchandise created by users with something to say, the vast majority is most assuredly not something the President would want to wear to a family reunion.
The President did mention plans to write a book, so perhaps he’ll give the American people some insight as to his own historical viewpoint in the not-so-distant future.