Returning the compliment to his predecessor who had called him engaging and charismatic,US President-elect Barack Obama said he always thought George W Bush was a good guy who had made the best decisions that he could at times under some “very difficult circumstances”.
At the same time,Obama maintained that the US has made a series of bad choices over the last several years.
Obama,who had frequently slammed the “failed policies” of the Bush regime on the campaign trail,told CNN yesterday that “I think personally he (Bush) is a good man who loves his family and loves his country.”
He praised Bush’s team for helping with a smooth transition and said part of what America is about is being able to have “disagreements politically and yet treat each other civilly.”
Obama said he thought Bush made “the best decisions that he could at times under some very difficult circumstances.”
“That does not detract from my assessment that over the last several years,we have made a series of bad choices and we are now going to be inheriting the consequences of a lot of those bad choices,” he said.
In an interview on Fox News on January 12,Bush had said he “liked” his successor and praised him as “engaging”.
“The man’s obviously a charismatic person … and the man is able to persuade people that they should trust him. And he’s got — he’s got something — he’s got a lot going for him,” he had said.
Bush had also lauded Obama for placing a high priority on his family.