Introduction

In the Today show video interview below with Matt Lauer from 27 Feb 2017, George W. Bush talks about the free press, immigration ban, the Iraq war, Islam, and freedom of religious expression. In Part 2 of the video, at about the 5 minute mark, there is an interview with George W. Bush and some injured veterans about an initiative to support vets returning to civilian life.

Video

Quotes from the Video

Below are quotes from the video by topic.

Free Press

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold people like me to account. Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call people to account who abuse their power.”

Immigration Policy

“I am for an immigration policy that is welcoming and upholds the law.”

Islam and Muslims

The interviewer read this historic statement by George W. Bush shortly after 911:

“I also want to speak tonight directly to Muslims throughout the world. We respect your faith. It is practiced freely by millions of Americans and by millions more in countries that America counts as friends. It’s teachings are good and peaceful.”

Religious Freedom of Expression

“I think it’s important for all of us to recognize one of our great strengths is for people to be able to worship the way they want to or not worship at all. A bedrock of our freedom is the right to worship freely.”