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Video: George W. Bush: ‘I gave it my all’

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    >>> he was not on the ballot this year, but former president george w. bush was certainly on the minds of some voters yesterday.

    >> now he's ready to speak out about his years in office. recently i traveled to texas to talk to the former president, his first interview since leaving the house and i talked to him about what others view about his time in office. here's what you write, i believe it's impossible to reach definitive conclusions about my presidency or any recent presidency for that matter for several decades. isn't that the purpose of a book like this to either cement perception or change perception?

    >> kind of. but the main purpose of the book is to have a starting point, not a starting point, a data point for future historians. this may seem strange to you, i really don't care about perceptions at this point in time. i served, i gave it my all and i'm a content man. and the book has been part of the transition process to private life and it's a way for me to put the reader in the environment in which i had to make decisions.

    >> and our conversation covers a lot of those key decisions . we talk about 9/11, the wars in afghanistan and iraq, hurricane katrina , enhanced interrogation techniques, the financial crisis . we're going to have more of our interview with president bush next week, it's a one-hour prime time special, "decision point". that's next monday at 8:00, 7:00 central time right here on anbc. and then he'll be live in our studios next week. he seems to really be in a good place in life. he seems to be completely at peace with his surroundings.

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