President Bush Addresses Gaffes, 9/11 in Online MasterClass

ByMike V. Cooper

Aug 14, 2022

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Never underestimate George W. Bush. The former president and infamous wordsmith is embarking on higher education – and reversing some of his presidential gaffes – as the last instructor for MasterClass.

The 43rd President joined the online platform to give a course on “Authentic Leadership.” The course lasts three hours (divided into 12 video lessons) and includes instruction on everything from “the art of personal diplomacy” to “crisis management” and “building a strong team.”

President Bush also talks about some of the most pivotal events of his tenure, offering a moment-by-moment breakdown of 9/11, as well as sharing his experiences from the White House as the country dealt with Hurricane Katrina and the financial crisis. .

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Of course, President Bush has also had his fair share of detractors, and the former Commander-in-Chief is using his new MasterClass to address the major criticisms leveled at him. “As president, I sometimes had information that the American people did not know, and I had to make decisions on knowledge that was not obvious,” he offers, in an excerpt from his tape. MasterClass announcement. “It’s just the nature of leadership.”

But, he adds, “As long as you are guided by principle and as long as you are guided by a cause greater than yourself, you can endure criticism, because it will come.”

The trailer also shows President Bush reacting to his multiple public speaking mistakes, which have become so frequent that they have been given their own term: Bushisms. “You know, I was the master of malaprop,” he jokes, referring to his memorable use of the no-word, underestimate. “The reaction from the press was, ‘Did the guy just say that?'”

Although he’s a good player about his blunders, another section of the trailer sees him add, seemingly without irony, that “When I was talking to the public, I didn’t want them to feel like I was smarter than them.”

In addition to hearing from President Bush, former First Lady Laura Bush joins her husband to share stories from their time together in the White House and on the campaign trail. The final lesson in President Bush’s MasterClass, meanwhile, is titled “Happy Are the Painters” and gives viewers a glimpse into the family compound in Maine and his personal art studio. The studio is where the former president began painting years ago, as a way for him to get back into the “daily learning” routine he missed after the presidency.

“With the right mindset, every aspect of life can be a learning experience,” President Bush said in a press release. “For me, being your president has been the ultimate learning experience, and now I want to share some of what I’ve learned – and continue to learn – with you.”

President Bush isn’t the only past MasterClass president. Bill Clinton gives a course on the platform on “Inclusive Leadership,” and the site also features lessons from former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton; the late Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright; and President Bush’s Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.

Former senior adviser to President Bush, Karl Rove, also has a course on MasterClass, teaming up with Obama staffer David Axelrod to teach “campaign strategy and message.”

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