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NBC’s Matt Lauer Lands First One-On-One Interview With George W. Bush
Mediaite ^ | 8-2-10 | Steve Krakauer

Posted on 08/02/2010 9:50:14 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic

With his new book, Decision Points set for release the next day, former Pres. George W. Bush will sit down with NBC’s Today show anchor Matt Lauer in a one-hour prime time special.

It will be the first one-on-one interview Pres. Bush has agreed to since he left office. From the Today show site:

Since leaving office, President George W. Bush has never granted a one-on-one television interview about his presidency. But he’ll sit down with TODAY’s Matt Lauer in a special “Matt Lauer Reports” airing in prime time on Monday, Nov. 8.

President Bush will also join Matt live on TODAY on Wednesday, Nov. 10. He will talk about his book “Decision Points,” which will be released by Crown Publishers Nov. 9, and about key choices he has made in both his political and personal life.

Choosing NBC, over say Fox News, to tell his story shows the mass audience George W. Bush is looking for in anticipation of his book release (he also recently joined Facebook). Also, the interview takes place nearly a week after the 2010 midterm elections.

Lauer has interviewed Pres. Bush a couple times during his presidency – in 2004 and in 2006


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 08/02/2010 9:50:19 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

W is an IDIOT for going on this show!


2 posted on 08/02/2010 9:51:04 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Don’t do it W.

These people are *NOT* your friends, neither are they even Americans.

They consider themselves to be “citizens of the world”.

Expect a lot of cutting room mischief.


3 posted on 08/02/2010 9:51:45 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Why would a great man like George W. Bush was his time talking to a liberal douchebag like Matt Lauer?


4 posted on 08/02/2010 9:51:45 AM PDT by Astronaut
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To: afraidfortherepublic

No doubt, the first question will be. “Mr Bush, it is true, is it not, that everything is your fault?”


5 posted on 08/02/2010 9:52:57 AM PDT by WhatNot (God Bless our troops, especially the snipers.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bush Please just stay gone until after the elections you have done enough damage here.


6 posted on 08/02/2010 9:54:11 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Ann Archy

probably going to help his daughter Jenna, who does features for that idiot today show...


7 posted on 08/02/2010 9:54:27 AM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Book tour - it should be harmless


8 posted on 08/02/2010 9:54:39 AM PDT by fml
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Matt Lauer Can Suck It
9 posted on 08/02/2010 9:54:42 AM PDT by Alex Murphy ("Posting news feeds, making eyes bleed, he's hated on seven continents")
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Even after his Presidency, he’s still allowing the leftist media to manipulate him.


10 posted on 08/02/2010 9:54:45 AM PDT by JenB987 (I'm still an American and 'til they take that away from me there's no day ruined. - El Rushbo)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Of all people. Who is his handler these days?


11 posted on 08/02/2010 9:55:17 AM PDT by Dem Guard (The + IRS = Theirs)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
W is an IDIOT for going on this show!

What you said!

By the same token, W is a big boy and knows that Matt Wower is NOT his friend!

12 posted on 08/02/2010 9:55:17 AM PDT by DustyMoment
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I guess GW book is about to drop.


13 posted on 08/02/2010 9:56:15 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Choosing NBC, over say Fox News, to tell his story shows the mass audience George W. Bush is looking for in anticipation of his book release (he also recently joined Facebook). Also, the interview takes place nearly a week after the 2010 midterm elections.

Ridiculous. What it "shows" is that President Bush's daughter, Jenna, works for NBC.

14 posted on 08/02/2010 9:56:18 AM PDT by LucyJo
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To: WhatNot

Knowing Lauer he’ll ask something like, “Mr. Bush, had it not been for your policies and actions causing the recession, wouldn’t you agree that President Obama is doing all he can to turn it around?” (I hope “W” isn’t shy about standing up for himself).


15 posted on 08/02/2010 9:56:27 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: WhatNot
No doubt, the first question will be. “Mr Bush, it is true, is it not, that everything is your fault?”

Or maybe, "Will this book list those mistakes that you would not admit to while you were President"?

16 posted on 08/02/2010 9:56:53 AM PDT by 1raider1
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To: afraidfortherepublic

After they trashed and destroyed his presidency...


17 posted on 08/02/2010 9:57:18 AM PDT by nhwingut (Palin/Bachmann '12)
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To: WhatNot

“No doubt, the first question will be. “Mr Bush, it is true, is it not, that everything is your fault?””

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I’ll give even odds that Bush, either directly, or by failing to defend himself, will essentially agree with that blanket leftwing assumption from the NoTalent Lauer.


18 posted on 08/02/2010 9:57:43 AM PDT by EyeGuy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Go W! unleash the beast. Lower gets silly, a pop in the schnoz is a great way to get someone to settle down.

Kudos for showing courage though, that will definitely not be a sympathetic interview.


19 posted on 08/02/2010 9:59:02 AM PDT by petro45acp (Hey Doc! Don't tell me how to live my life. CURE what ails me so I can live how I choose.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Yep Jorge is back to hanging around w/ his “Ivy League” loving MSM buddies. GET THIS THROUGH YOUR HEADS The Bushes were and are NEVER conservatives.


20 posted on 08/02/2010 10:00:48 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Mr. Bush appears to have lost [the rest of] his marbles.


21 posted on 08/02/2010 10:00:51 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: Ann Archy
W is an IDIOT for going on this show!

I'm with ya. For the first time I am thinking the leftists were right about his intelligence.

He is a FOOL for doing this. And rewarding his (and our) enemies.

22 posted on 08/02/2010 10:03:29 AM PDT by jtal
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Bush will never learn.


23 posted on 08/02/2010 10:03:41 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: Ann Archy

W needs to get Chris Christie to coach him on how to deal with Lauer.


24 posted on 08/02/2010 10:04:15 AM PDT by magellan
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To: afraidfortherepublic
President Bush will also join Matt live on TODAY on Wednesday, Nov. 10. He will talk about his book “Decision Points,” which will be released by Crown Publishers Nov. 9

That's only 3½ months from now...
Do you think Dubya will finish reading it by then?

25 posted on 08/02/2010 10:04:44 AM PDT by Willie Green ("Some people march to the beat of a different drum - and some people polka")
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To: From The Deer Stand
I hope “W” isn’t shy about standing up for himself

You can't be serious?

26 posted on 08/02/2010 10:05:25 AM PDT by jtal
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Nov. 8 is after the elections.

Bush may have his chance to gloat ... just a little bit.


27 posted on 08/02/2010 10:06:50 AM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: DustyMoment

“W is a big boy and knows that Matt Wower is NOT his friend!”

I doubt it. W and HW Bushes have been incredibly naive about the intentions of their enemies.


28 posted on 08/02/2010 10:07:00 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: Ann Archy

He surely is. Misguided and mal-advised if you ask me. One of the very last people to whom he should grant a post-Presidency interview is Matt “Suck it” Lauer.


29 posted on 08/02/2010 10:07:16 AM PDT by Gaffer ("Profiling: The only profile I need is a chalk outline around their dead ass!")
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To: Cheetahcat

The elections (sic) is November 2.


30 posted on 08/02/2010 10:08:24 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Some people are too stupid to be ashamed.)
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To: Cheetahcat

Nov 8 is after the election


31 posted on 08/02/2010 10:10:32 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge ( SARAH PALIN / LOU HOLTZ 2012 DREAM TICKET)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

OH CRAP, GEORGE. Are you so whipped that Laura is making you give the Commie NBC your first interview?


32 posted on 08/02/2010 10:10:36 AM PDT by no dems (To Every Democrat Elected Official in the U.S.: "Shame, shame. Shame on all your houses.")
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To: Astronaut

Bush is not a great man, he’s a traitor. We got to save capitalism by killing it! Yeah right! He’s is part of the ruling elite who can not get over the fact that a few select few can run the economy better than individuals


33 posted on 08/02/2010 10:10:36 AM PDT by 4rcane
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They want to make sure they can put a face on this election. Remember, the mantra for this election is this is GW Bush’s economy not the Democrats. Bad idea GW.


34 posted on 08/02/2010 10:10:56 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Say it ain’t so George...


35 posted on 08/02/2010 10:11:56 AM PDT by y6162
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To: afraidfortherepublic
It says SHAM in the title Mr. President.
36 posted on 08/02/2010 10:12:50 AM PDT by mirkwood (54 degrees f this morning in Steuben, maine)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

W. probably doesn’t want anyone to see it. Either that, or he specifically wants to send a “Miss me yet?” message to liberals, as a way of grinding their face in it.

Even so, it is flawed reasoning. He might as well have an interview with some random local news talking head bimbo, who would be thrilled to meet an honest celebrity for once in her life.


37 posted on 08/02/2010 10:12:54 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Glad to hear that he is doing it after the midterms.


38 posted on 08/02/2010 10:13:00 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Cheetahcat
From the article :

"...in a special “Matt Lauer Reports” airing in prime time on Monday, Nov. 8."

IOW, it'll be aired a few days after the election.

39 posted on 08/02/2010 10:14:23 AM PDT by cweese (Hook 'em Horns!!!)
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To: DustyMoment

Bush is part of the Ruling Class so Matt Lauer is a brother in arms. Reagan would not be caught dead in front of this liberal douche.


40 posted on 08/02/2010 10:14:44 AM PDT by lone star annie
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Let’s not get all wee-wee’d up!

W is a big boy, he can handle a wuss like Lauer. This interview could have impact, we all know that if he’d been interviewed by Fox News the lefties would just dismiss it as propaganda.

There’s no downside - the left already hates him. If Bush does well, it might change some perceptions amongst independents and those who have actual brains.


41 posted on 08/02/2010 10:17:07 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I hope Bush no longer feels bound by the constraints of the Presidency and gives matt a good kick in the nuts.


42 posted on 08/02/2010 10:17:16 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: bigbob
There’s no downside - the left already hates him. If Bush does well, it might change some perceptions amongst independents and those who have actual brains.

I agree, I think many who may have even voted for Obama may now find themselves actually nostalgic for Bush, now that they've witnessed the contrast.

43 posted on 08/02/2010 10:18:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Westbrook

The thing is, these people are his friends.


44 posted on 08/02/2010 10:19:24 AM PDT by donna (Why did John McCain let it get so bad?)
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To: cweese

“From the article :

“...in a special “Matt Lauer Reports” airing in prime time on Monday, Nov. 8.”

IOW, it’ll be aired a few days after the election.”

NO it is about the Book he scribbled out,when is that being released?


45 posted on 08/02/2010 10:22:25 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Can anyone imagine Clinton or Obama going onto the Glen Beck show for a first interview regarding a new book? So why do Republicans persist in giving first interviews to far left wing liberal “journalists”?

Bush will probably give a one hour interview, nearly all of which will consist of fighting off low-ball “gotcha” questions from Lauer. Lauer will then cherry pick 5 to 10 minutes of whichever sound bites make Bush look bad and Lauer look good.

If Bush wanted a fair and honest interview, he should have gone to Brit Hume.


46 posted on 08/02/2010 10:22:38 AM PDT by kennedy (I am a Kennedy. Where do I go to claim my Senate seat?)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Choosing NBC, over say Fox News . . .

Well, I'll be choosing Fox News over nbc when the interview airs.

47 posted on 08/02/2010 10:24:17 AM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Ok I got it;”President Bush will also join Matt live on TODAY on Wednesday, Nov. 10. He will talk about his book “Decision Points,” which will be released by Crown Publishers Nov. 9, and about key choices he has made in both his political and personal life.”

What Key choices?


48 posted on 08/02/2010 10:26:51 AM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

At this point in time what difference does it make if George W. Bush has an interview with Matt Lauer? Bush is getting blamed for all of Obama’s shortcomings and miserable policy decisions. Can it get any worse?


49 posted on 08/02/2010 10:26:54 AM PDT by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

W is a one-worlder like his dad. He’s not going say what needs to be said — that Obama and Pelosi are plunging the US headlong into a socialist nightmare, where you will lose your freedom, rights, and sovereignty, and the American people should stand up to them and say NO.


50 posted on 08/02/2010 10:27:42 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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