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Bush Watch

By Dan Froomkin
1:18 PM ET, 02/26/2009

Thomas M. Defrank and David Saltonstall write in the New York Daily News: "President George W. Bush may have left office with a historically bad 22% approval rating, but he's still eager to impart his wisdom - for $150,000 a speech.

"The former president will charge that hefty fee per pep talk - plus first-class or private jet transport for four - when he hits the lecture circuit next month with stopovers in Canada, the U.S. and other spots around the globe, sources told The News."

Kevin Sherrington blogs for the Dallas Morning News about Bush's visit yesterday to an elementary school in his new Dallas neighborhood.

"The Bushes were scheduled to visit three classes, but they ended up popping in on any room with an audience.

"Ducking in one room, Bush asked, 'Hey kids, do you know who I am?'

"Gasps all around, and then someone blurted, 'George Washington!'

"'That's right!' the visitor said. 'George Washington Bush!'

"Well, the middle initial was the same, anyway.

"A little later, at an ESL class, Bush tried introducing himself in Spanish. Only it was a little too West Texas for the Spanish speakers. He tried again. Blank looks. Even held up three fingers. You know, a 'W.' Still nothing.

"Finally, Pershing's innovative, energetic principal, Margie Hernandez, stepped in with a Spanish introduction....

"Once he finished his tour, he addressed a school assembly, where he related his favorite question of the morning:

"'Why did you come here?'

"Bush told the kids he came because he saw signs that welcomed him, and it made him feel good, and he wanted to say thanks....

"He seemed to have such a good time that I told him we could use him for the Dad's Club Haunted House.

"'I'd make a good ghost,' he said, grinning."

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