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George W. Bush Regrets the Poncho Incident

George W. Bush knows how silly he looked battling a rain poncho in the bad weather during Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony.

“I wish I got the rain poncho on a little more clearly,” the former president said in an interview Thursday with NPR’s Morning Edition.

“My daughters were aghast: ‘Dad, you’re a national tweet sensation. You’re trending,’ or whatever the words are,” he added. “I said, ‘I don’t know what the heck that means.’ But then I saw the pictures and I can see why I was trending.”

But while Bush remembers his epic struggle with the rain gear, he drew a blank when it came to his reported comments that President Trump’s inauguration was “some weird shit.”

“If I said it, I don’t remember it,” he said.

Bush also said he was glad he attended the inauguration, despite the divide in the Republican Party over Trump.

He said: “It’s a really beautiful experience to watch a peaceful transfer of power.”

Bush, his wife, Laura Bush, and his father, former president George H.W. Bush all didn’t vote for the current president.

The Bush Family


However, Bush has spoken out numerous times against the current administration’s policy of deporting undocumented immigrants.

“Let’s discuss the issue of people here illegally. What are the options? Do nothing?” he said. “My judgment is that there needs to be a way for somebody to be able to get in line to become a citizen so long as they meet certain criteria.”

In regards to Mexico, Bush believes it’s “very important for the United States to “recognize the importance” of the country and have a relationship with their neighbors to the south.

“We want Mexico to succeed,” Bush said. “It’s in our national interest they succeed.”

According to government data, the Obama administration deported more people than any other president’s administration in history. This led to former President Barack Obama often being referred to as the “Deporter in Chief.”

Between 2009 and 2015, the Obama administration removed 2.5 million people through immigration orders, where Bush deported just over 2 million during his eight years in office.

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