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"Decision Points": George Bush's view of his presidency

In his new memoir "Decision Points," George W. Bush weighs in on the Iraq war, the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, John McCain's 2008 campaign, and other episodes in his presidency.

By Staff writer / November 7, 2010

Talk-show host Oprah Winfrey interviews former President George W. Bush during taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in Chicago. The show will air nationally on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

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At some point, every ex-president – usually having waited a decent political interval – gives his own version of his time in office. It’s partly an attempt to frame history, partly a time to settle scores, always a way to make money by reentering the spotlight, if only briefly.

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This is George W. Bush’s week.

His new memoir “Decision Points” will be available in bookstores starting Tuesday. There’s a round of TV interviews – Oprah Winfrey, Jay Leno, NBC’s Matt Lauer, Candy Crowley on CNN, radio interviews with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, several appearances on the Fox News Channel.

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It’ll be a family affair, Bush’s parents, his wife Laura, and brother former Florida governor Jeb Bush will join him for some of the interviews

Some reporters have obtained copies of “Decision Points” and snippets from prerecorded interviews are being advertised, so high points already are being pored over. Among them:

Being photographed flying over the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – without landing to personally assess the damage and comfort residents – was a “huge mistake.”

It made him look "detached and uncaring, no question about it,” he told Lauer.

Should he drop Cheney?

Bush considered dropping Dick Cheney from the ticket in 2006 (perhaps replacing him with then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee) – an idea put forth by Cheney himself, but subsequently rejected by Bush.