Bush: I'm Done With Politics
W. says he won't campaign, fundraise, or criticize Obama
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2011 4:04 PM CST

(Newser) – You won't see George W. Bush hitting the campaign trail in 2012; he's sworn off politics for good, he tells C-SPAN in an interview airing tomorrow night. “I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates, I don’t want to be used as a perpetual money-raiser, I don’t want to be on these talk shows giving my opinion,” Bush said, in an excerpt spotted by Politics Daily. “Despite the fact that I’m now on TV, I don’t want to be on TV.”

Bush also reiterated that he doesn’t want to second-guess or criticize President Obama. “I think it’s bad for the country, frankly,” he said. “It’s tough enough to be president as it is without a former president undermining the current president.” He said he wanted to “regain anonymity, to a certain extent. And being out of the press … is something that makes me very comfortable, and its somewhat liberating, frankly.”