Bush a Winner as Motivational Speaker

Former president tells crowd he relied on 'the Almighty'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2009 7:30 AM CDT
Bush a Winner as Motivational Speaker
Former Presidents George H. W. Bush, left, and George W. Bush stand on the sidelines before the Houston Texans' NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) – George W. Bush commanded a 15,000-strong crowd at a motivational megashow in Dallas last night, flanked by signs reading "Achieve!" and "Motivate!" but not by the pyrotechnics that greeted other speakers—Secret Service said no. Bush told stories of both "great and not so great" days in office, saying setbacks only made him stronger. "All of us are going to be dealt a hand we don't want to play," Bush said. "The question is how to play the hand."

Bush's best moment at the show, which Wayne Slater described in the Dallas Morning News as "the granddaddy of sales seminars, a sort of Babbitt meets the Super Bowl, Tupperware on testosterone," was a story about walking his dog, Barney, in his new neighborhood, armed with a "plastic bag on his hand" to scoop poop. That, he said, is when he realized, "Man, my life has changed!" Bush received $100,000 for the half-hour speech, though participants paid as little as $4.95. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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