George W. Bush and Bill Clinton Launch Presidential Leadership Scholars program
Two former presidents of America, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, launched a new scholars program at four presidential centers. The Presidential Leadership Scholars program is a partnership between the Clinton, Bush, George H. W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson presidential centers.
The two shared a healthy discussion and a hearty laugh during the opening ceremony. It did not feel like they were from different political parties as one was a Democrat and other a Republican. They discussed their presidential leadership, their families and how the life is after the White House.
They refreshed old memories of their respective presidential times. People used to come to them at restaurants and ask for selfie photos. Hilary Rodham Clinton was also present at the event and was seated in the fourth row.
When Bush was serving his second term, Clinton said they both had discussions twice a year. The conversation lasted for 30 to 45 minutes and was about policy and politics. There were times when they did not agree with each other, but those conversations were equally valuable to both of them.
Clinton shared that test of democracy is to have vigorous discussions and coming up with a solution that is best for the nation's problems. Throughout the event, light-hearted discussions took place.
In fact, Bush even gave some suggestions to Clinton on becoming a grandparent. Clinton's daughter Chelsea is expecting her first child this fall. "Get ready ... to be like the lowest person in the pecking order in your family", said Bush.
During the event, both of them assessed each other's leadership qualities. Clinton affirmed that Bush did things that were right for the country. The Moody Foundation, the W. W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas, and the Miles Foundation are supporting the program.
In the end, Bush said that you cannot teach leadership skills. He stated that they were just normal people, but ambition and drive helped them become the President.
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