George W. Bush Reveals Why He Won’t Discuss Same-Sex Marriage

george_w_bush73I meant that I wasn’t going to answer the question then, and I’m not going to answer it now … I just don’t want to wade back into the debate; I’m out of politics… I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.”


–Former President George W. Bush explaining why he refused to discuss marriage equality during his visit to Zambia last week, in a new interview with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl

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  • andy_d

    coward. always was and always will be. (IMO)

  • LadyL

    Oh, are you still here?

  • tardis

    First and foremost, homosexuality shouldn’t be politicized. It’s not a political issue. It’s a human issue.

  • Will L

    What a pussy. At least Laura has said something although she “retracted” it later. Makes me wonder if they both secretly approve but don’t DARE go against the Republican Party.

  • Will L

    p.s. Not that I would respect the man even if they do.

  • mada

    “I’m out of politics”, no that doesn’t matter. Just because there is a “former” in your title, “former president”, does not mean you get to duck out of political opinion. That just makes it evident that you are a “former, lame-duck president”, and nothing more.

  • jeff4justice

    @tardis: And when heterosexual wannabe supremacists stop making it one it will be.

  • Volvoguy

    Who cares a flying f–l what he thinks, I absolutely hate
    that Obama has any interaction with him at all.
    He was a liar and a scoundrel when he was president, him and Cheney
    should have been impeached for what they did to this country.
    Go AWAY!!!!!

  • technicolornina

    @Volvoguy: Impeachment’s too good for them. I want a front-row seat at their hanging . . . and I’ll bring plenty of rotten food to throw, along with my all-but-useless high school degree (No Child Left Behind? Gosh, Mr. Bush, I still can’t do long division, nobody bothered to teach it to me because it wasn’t on your stupid test, I guess *I* was left behind, wasn’t I?).

    They are guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and should be treated as such. Maybe a term in Gitmo would do them?

  • Katbox

    Truth is that he would rather use his time to paint more portraits of his feet than….well…..yeah…

  • Teleny

    @Will L: I think that’s the case. They are afraid of the tea bag nut jobs.

  • JayHobeSound

    Bush and his blood soaked hands should retire in silent obscurity.

  • ZeeZee

    Allow me to quote the magnificent Nancy Pelosi: “WHO CARES?!”

  • hf2hvit

    What could one expect from a guy whose mother is a man?

  • 2eo

    War criminal. He should be hung in the Hague, he’s directly responsible for more deaths of allied people than islamic terror.

  • darkanser

    I can recall seeing Bush — in the news probably because I could barely tolerate hearing him speak — during his time in office on his pulpit stating very emphatically “Marriage is between a man and a woman!” as if he were some steward of the law. It’s telling how he has no desire to utter an opinion now that he’s out of office. If only Dick Cheney would follow his example. Perhaps, I’m missing some of the context, but he sounds more intelligible and real here than I can ever remember him sounding. I wish he had taken this position prior to 2000 and saved us all the agony.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    “No comment on equality” really translates as, “Jed Bush for Prez.”) The house of Herod needs to flee to Spain. We are just now crawling out of the vacuous hole this idiot created. Republicans say they’re for small government and financial restraint, but do cast orbs backwards, to the dark days of the Bush administration, and remember it, lest we be doomed to repeat the mistake. Bush, another gift given to us by a corrupt Supreme Court. BushhhhCitizensUnitedVotingRightsActDissolution, the gift that keeps on giving. The conservative justices on the bench are manipulating the entire country. “Activists judges, legislating from the bench.” to quote a well-worn prayer from the Tedious Right. There is no justice coming from these very ordinary men. We must not let a Republican back into the White House for centuries.

  • Rock Star

    Typical response from the former vice-president under the Cheney administration. Since he doesn’t have Cheney and Rove to tell him what to say he says nothing. Bush and all the other members of the Bush Crime Family have all got some splainin’ to do, starting with their illegal munitions sales to our enemies from WW 1 and 2 right through to the planning of the Bay Of Pigs, the Kennedy assassination and Watergate and Iran/Contra and the stealing of the vote in 2000, to the big S&L scandal, etc etc…. Whenever there is controversy or a conspiracy there is another Bush.

  • Spike

    Worst President EVER.

  • Triple S

    Wow, you’d think adults could be more civilised and not advocate for people’s deaths. And what you think is a good President is a VERY subjective thing.

  • jstepp88

    He’s still done more to fight AIDS than any other President before him, and in his years since leaving the White House, has continued to do more than Obama on it as well. I think people are misinterpreting what he is saying here. He dislikes the spotlight. He doesn’t do publicity well. He doesn’t want it. He doesn’t want to weight in on the current political debate about it, because he isn’t in politics. That’s a simple answer. Not saying I support his answer, because he should support freedom and equality. But I respect his opinion to stay quiet on this, as he has literally EVERY single other issue since Obama took over. In reading his above quote the section “I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.” Could be taken in two ways. Either his is talking about himself, or talking about others. But being that the rest of the quote was about him, I’m going to assume that this was about himself as well. That’s a pretty powerful quote, coming from the likes of Bush. He is saying that it isn’t his place to judge anybody else, or say what the can or cannot do until he judges himself. Who would have though Bush could have been so deep? The media looks at his achievements and they see Guantanamo, Iraq, Afghanistan. Historians will look at his Presidency and see leadership after 9/11, PEFAR, and the most diverse cabinet any president has ever had. People act like Obama has done so much for gay marriage. He has done NOTHING but voice his support for it. He hasn’t pushed Congress to repeal the rest of DOMA. He isn’t campaigning nationwide for it. He just happened to be President when Congress and the Courts are making the decisions to roll back the decisions put into place by Clinton. He’s no more to thank for them than Clinton is to blame. Whether you like or dislike Bush, I suggest you read his book. It is very deep, very insightful, and helps you learn a lot about his persona. At the end of it, you’ll still either hate him, or you’ll still either love him. But at least you’ll understand him.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    and…Jed Bush is running.

  • cra1992

    He’s just as free to withhold his opinion as you are to voice yours.

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