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Bush Gets Teary on Oprah

President George W. Bush got both jokey and hokey during his interview with Oprah Winfrey. "A lot of people didn't think I could read, much less write," the former president said, without irony. Bush described the day after his presidency came to an end; "So, I’m lying on the couch and [wife Laura] walks in and I say 'free at last,' and she says 'you’re free all right, you’re free to do the dishes.'" The interview was not without its serious moments. Bush got teary-eyed when talking about consoling the widows of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and expressed outrage at the suggestion that his response to Katrina was slow because he is a racist, calling such suggestions emblematic of "the ugliness of the American political scene." All in all, he said he was proud of his presidency, but that it was only one of many chapters in his life. "One of my proudest moments is I didn’t sell my soul for the sake of popularity," Bush said.