Since his departure from the White House in January 2009, much has been said and written about President George W. Bush’s personal choice to quietly step out of the national spotlight over the past two years out of respect for his Oval Office successor.
Tomorrow, November 9, 2010, President Bush breaks his silence with the official release of his new book, Decision Points.
In it, he takes a self-described “untraditional approach” to writing his life’s memoir by providing a unique perspective of his presidency and focusing on the most demanding part of the job… making decisions.
From the Amazon.com website:
In gripping, never-before-heard detail, President Bush brings readers inside the Texas Governor’s Mansion on the night of the hotly contested 2000 election; aboard Air Force One on 9/11, in the hours after America’s most devastating attack since Pearl Harbor; at the head of the table in the Situation Room in the moments before launching the war in Iraq; and behind the Oval Office desk for his historic and controversial decisions on the financial crisis, Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan, Iran, and other issues that have shaped the first decade of the 21st century.
President Bush writes honestly and directly about his flaws and mistakes, as well as his accomplishments reforming education, treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, and safeguarding the country amid chilling warnings of additional terrorist attacks. He also offers intimate new details on his decision to quit drinking, discovery of faith, and relationship with his family.
A groundbreaking new brand of memoir, Decision Points will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on one of the most consequential eras in American history – and the man at the center of events.
In addition to the traditional hard copy of the book, some readers may alternatively choose to purchase the digital eBook version (see video below). There’s also an accompanying toolkit for those interested in spreading the word about the book, sharing their thoughts via social media and ordering online.
On October 16, a contest to interview the former president in Dallas, Texas was launched via the official George W. Bush Facebook page. This past Saturday, it was announced that Wyatt Smith, a 22-year old college graduate from Alabama, was selected as the winner and after viewing his video, I’m confident that he will represent the “Facebook Generation” quite well.
In coordination with the book launch, below is a list of President Bush’s scheduled interviews with various media outlets over the next couple weeks. Set your TiVos!
Monday, November 8, 2010
8 PM EST – Matt Lauer, NBC
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Check Listings – Oprah Winfrey (Local Affiliate)*
1 PM EST – Rush Limbaugh (Local Radio Affiliate)
3-6 PM EST (TBD) – Sean Hannity (Local Radio Affiliate)
9 PM EST – Sean Hannity, Fox News Channel
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
7 AM (local) – TODAY (in studio) w/ Matt Lauer, NBC
Thursday, November 11, 2010
8 PM EST – The O’Reilly Factor with Bill O’Reilly, Fox News Channel
Friday, November 12, 2010
10 PM EST – On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, Fox News Channel
Saturday, November 13, 2010
9 PM EST – Sean Hannity, Fox News Channel**
Monday, November 15-Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7 AM EST – Fox and Friends w/ Brian Kilmeade, Gretchen Carlson & Steve Doocy, Fox News Channel
Thursday, November 18, 2010
11:30 PM EST – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC
Source: Office of George W. Bush
* includes segments with 41s.
** this is a separate interview from the one airing on November 9.
*** with Mrs. Bush.
**** with Jeb Bush.
UPDATE 11/30/10: President George W. Bush visited Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, California on Cyber Monday to discuss his book Decision Points. He was joined by Facebook’s Founder & CEO Mark Zuckerberg and VP & General Counsel Ted Ullyot who served in the Bush Administration both at the White House and the Justice Department.
Monday, November 22, 2010
The Kudlow Report, CNBC
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
8:30 AM EST – Bill Bennett, Morning in America
[gplayer href=”http://media.townhall.com/townhall/bennett/GeorgeWBush.mp3″][/gplayer](Local Radio Affiliate, 1260 WRC AM, Washington, DC)
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Q&A with Brian Lamb, C-SPAN