George W. Bush: ‘I was famous and I was powerful’

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By The Cycle Staff

In a new interview with the Hoover Institute, President Bush talked about how he likes life as a former president.

“Eight years was awesome, and I was famous and I was powerful. But I have no desire for fame and power anymore,” he said.

He added that he thinks it’s bad for the presidency to have former presidents inserting themselves into the conversation. “I don’t want to undermine our president — whoever’s president — and a former president can do that. … Either you’re in or out of politics… you can’t be halfway.”

We here at Lean Forward thought the quote itself was awesome… and started constructing a little lunch time “match the quote” game for your entertainment.

Can you match the individual to the quote?



1)    Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?
2)    It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both.
3)    Corporations are people, my friend.
4)    Would I rather be feared or loved? Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.
5)    I have made the tough decisions, always with an eye toward the bottom line. Perhaps it’s time America was run more like a business.
6)    With great power comes great responsibility.
7)    There’s really no sacrifice in serving the country, particularly if you love the country like I do. But if there is one, it’s loss of anonymity.
8)    Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything… 14% of people know that.


a) George W. Bush
b) Machiavelli
c) Michael Scott, The Office
d) Ben Parker, Peter Parker’s uncle on Spider-Man
e) Cicero
f) Mitt Romney
g) Homer Simpson
h) Donald Trump

Click here for the answer key.

Tell us how many you got right, in comments, below.

George W. Bush: 'I was famous and I was powerful'

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