Bush and Clinton Quip Presidents Must be Humble in Victory

Bush and Clinton Quip Presidents Must be Humble in Victory
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) and former U.S. President George W. Bush participate in a moderated conversation at the graduation class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas, U.S., July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

On Thursday former U.S. presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton they were able to forge mutual bonds of respect because the other had been gracious in victory

(WASHINGTON, DC) The former leaders added that their friendship was also strengthened by the others respect of presidential power. 

They were speaking during a moderated conversation at the graduation class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas

The two did not mention President Donald Trump once during a nearly hour-long discussion where they traded quips and insights. But they offered indirect references that many in the crowd of about 300 people took to be references to the current president.

"He (Clinton) was humble in victory, which is very important in dealing with other people," Bush said at the event to mark a graduation at the Presidential Leadership Scholars program, a partnership among the Bush, Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and George H.W. Bush presidential centers.

Clinton said: "If you want to be president, realize it’s about the people, not about you.

"You want to be able to say 'things were better off when I quit, kid’s had a better future, things were coming together.' You don’t want to say, ‘God, look at all the people I beat.'"

Current President Trump has come under criticism from Democrats who have said he fires off excessive and unwarranted criticism against his predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama and the person he beat in the election, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Republican Bush said while in office he sought Democrat Clinton's advice. Clinton said when he left office he told incoming President Bush that he would offer him help and treat him with respect.

Bush and Clinton said they have enjoyed their lives after the presidency but would not trade their current status for their eight years in office.

"The decisions you make have a monumental effect on people,” Bush said, adding humility is a key quality for any president.

“Presidency is often defined by the unexpected. It makes the job interesting," he said.

Clinton said: "If you don’t deal with the incoming fire, it will undermine your ability to do anything else. If all you deal with is incoming fire, you can’t keep the promises you made when you were running."

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