DALLAS — Former President George W. Bush has pledged not to publicly criticize his successor, Barack Obama, but he did offer some praise Monday during a live broadcast on Facebook to promote his new book.
Bush participated in an hour-long discussion on Facebook Live with the site’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and was asked what he thought the current administration was handling well. The former president responded that he liked Obama’s policy on Afghanistan.
“I think the idea of putting more troops in was something that I can applaud,” Bush said. “I also appreciate some of the education position. As I understand it they do believe strongly that accountability is necessary in order to achieve excellence in the classrooms.”
As the discussion started, Zuckerberg asked Bush why he decided to appear on Facebook. Bush quipped: “Because you’ve got a lot of people paying attention to us, and I’m trying to sell books.”