During a recent interview with People Magazine about his new art book being released, former President George W. Bush shared a vast amount of concerns regarding the future of the United States under President Tump. However, he did emphasize that he was “optimistic” overall.

Bush told People:

“I don’t like the racism, and I don’t like the name-calling, and I don’t like the people feeling alienated. Nobody likes that.

On the other hand, we’ve been through these periods before, and we’ve always had a way to come out of it. I’m more optimistic than some.”

When confronted with the question of whether he’d play a role in Trump’s administration, Bush responded saying that he didn’t “speak out” under Obama’s administration and wasn’t going to do that now.

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Bush emphasized the importance of speaking out through actions rather than words. At the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX, he and his wife Laura are engaging in programs that seem to counter many of Trump’s moves. The center is focusing on expanding women’s reproductive health in Africa and leadership training for Muslim women that the center brings to America from the Middle East.

“Everybody looks at the presidency when they campaign one way, and then they get in office and find out there’s a reality to the job.”

Bush also pushed that the media is a vital aspect to a functioning democracy. He believes it is important in holding the office accountable. Bush said, “Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power — whether it be here or elsewhere.”

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(h/t People Magazine)

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