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Many retirees these days use their newfound free time to embrace the latest technology and explore the Internet, and George W. Bush appears to be no exception. The former president recently joined Facebook, and this week he posted his first video on the social networking site, which he called his "inaugural address."

"I am pleased to report that Laura and I are happy, healthy, and home, here in the great state of Texas -- or, as I call it, 'the promised land'," Bush says in the video.

Since leaving office in January 2009, Bush says he's been working on his memoirs ("It will hit the shelves Nov. 9," he notes) and staying involved in a number of charity and public policy initiatives. Most recently he has teamed up with another former president, Bill Clinton, to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

He says his main focus is the completion of his presidential library and museum in Dallas, which will also house the George W. Bush Institute.

"As I tell people: I may be done with politics, but I am not done with policy," Bush says. "Our building won't be complete until 2013, but the institute is up and running." He notes the institute will work on initiatives in education, global health, economic growth, human freedom and efforts to "empower" women in the Middle East.

Bush calls serving as president "the honor of a lifetime," but admits, "retirement isn't so bad."

Watch the former president's video here.

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evc90

President George W Bush may not have been the best orator, however, he did protect this Country following 9/11, you knew he was a proud American and I never heard anyone complain about the economy the first 7.5 years of his Presidential term. American's poor choices helped put this country into the economical turmoil it is in today. Many made purchases that they could never afford! It doesn't matter if the interest rate was 0 they still could not afford the purchases they made. Many of them today have either foreclosed, short sale, or claimed bankruptcy. Sad thing is that many of them still live in their very nice homes, continue driving the expensive cars they could never afford and have 3.5 flat screens in their homes and pay little to nothing. While the responsible citizen's are paying high interest rates for very poor choices made by others that can't get credit right now. Time to own up America, stop blaming someone else and take a look in the mirror. You know how to read a contract and figure out that you would never be able to afford a lifestyle that helped destroy the economy.

June 12 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
drbuckles

Doesn't George look sad? He left quite a legacy for us to clean up and now is trying to be a Jimmy Carter in retirement. I'll never forget you, and the meomory of your wiping your hand on Clinton's shirt just like you left us, using the tax payer for a door mat, wiping your shoes on us, by leaving us with TARP, two wars too pay for and all those wonderful tax breaks that never created a job. We thank you for your service and keep up the good work for the poor.

June 12 2010 at 2:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chala

Mr. Bush,

I wish you and Mr. Clinton would spend as much time helping American Indians living in poverty as you do with those outside the USA.

Our government forced American Indians on reservations with promises of health care, jobs, good living conditions, and education. Instead, Native Americans are the poorest of all Americans. On Pine Ridge, life expectancy is 47 years. Average income is under 4,000 dollars per year. Some must travel 3 hours to reach medical care, and some kids spend 2 hours bus rides -- each way -- just to get to school.

Thousands of Indians on reservations have no running water, electricity, heat. We continue invading their reservations --against their wishes -- for oil and mining causes, then don't pay their share of profits.

America has broken every treaty EVER made with Indian Nations.

America's money needs to stay IN America and go TOWARDS Americans who need help. I think it's time we clean up our own messes.

June 12 2010 at 12:15 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
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dsmithsfamily

has a lot of relation to isreals situation tring to get back something that was theres hundreds of years ago

June 13 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
soopershrink

Are you going to devote some effort and $ to try to repay the country for the trillions you cost the country for the war in Iraq that you and Chaney lied to congress and the American people to start? Are you going to beg forgiveness from the parents who lost their children in your war? Are you aware that Vincent Bugliosi wants to prosicute you for murder for the thousands of lives lost in your war???????? Please explain how you, Chaney and Rice "protected" us by ignoring the evidence and your own Security advisor that 9/11 was going to occur????

June 12 2010 at 11:08 AM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
Katie

We miss you president Bush.

June 12 2010 at 6:50 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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wolfsonnydiane

yes it seams republicans missed the fact that bush had information had he acted upon it would have prevented 9/11 it seams they missed the fact that he took a supluss and turned it into the largest deficet in our history it seams they missed the fact that he created a huge un funded entiltelment[medicare part d ] they missed the fact that he started two wars failed to win either or pay far them.they seam to forgotten that when bush left office the stock market was in free fall we were suffering the greatest loss of jobs since the great depression were fighting two wars and had the highest deficet in our history. They also seam to hsve forgotten that the dow had fell to almost 6 thousand and we had two wars and a huge entiltelment program to fund since Bush failed to fund them

June 12 2010 at 10:35 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
bobbiexx40

Mr President. I may not have always agreed with your policies or some of your decisions..But there was always one thing I was very sure of . You loved this country and you always will . Good luck to you and Laura and enjoy your retirement .

June 12 2010 at 1:40 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
eitelco

You should not use the word, "done" that way. It should be replaced with "finished". "Done" is used mainly for when food is finished cooking. When you say you are "done", does that mean you are finished cooking?

June 11 2010 at 11:34 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
BobaLou

Thank you Sir. Many of us are alive to complain today because you kept us safe. God Bless!

June 11 2010 at 10:43 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
pripper56

Thank you Mr. president (George Bush) for your job you did to keep us safe-and while on your watch there was jobs-.
We need to come together as a nation again to clean up this awful mess caused by the dem`s.have a great day sir

June 11 2010 at 9:15 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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jancf

it was under Bush that jobs began to be LOST at at alarming rate. It was under Bush that the nation's deepest recession since the Great Depression began. It was under Bush that we were attacked and lost 3,000 souls, and came close to an equally devastating attack over the Atlantic, thwarted by the British.

How, in what universe and by what leaps of imagination and twists of logic, do you conclude that it's the DEMOCRATS who caused this stuff? The facts are so blatant that it's weird to so flat-out deny them. Have you perhaps forgotten the timeline, when the recession and horrendous and pointless surge of the national debt began? What years? And maybe not calculated how many years it will take to repair the damage?

June 12 2010 at 3:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Big John

I am so glad Mr. Bush made it to the promised land and is enjoying his expensive home in Texas. I wonder if he ever thinks about how many in the middle class he caused to go bankrupt and lose their jobs, income and health insurance. Probably not!

June 11 2010 at 8:19 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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