Bush to Obama: 'Good Call'

Says Osama killing was for justice, not 'hatred'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2011 10:57 AM CDT
Former president George W. Bush makes the opening remarks at The 4% Project Conference at the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 12, 2011 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – George W. Bush was reading My Pet Goat to schoolchildren when he got word of the 9/11 attacks, and now we know his whereabouts when the Osama bin Laden story finally ended: "I was eating souffle at Rise Restaurant with Laura and two buddies." Informed that President Obama wanted to talk, Bush "excused myself and went home to take the call," he told a conference of hedge fund managers in Vegas, reports ABC News. "Obama simply said, 'Osama bin Laden is dead.'"

Bush said he praised Obama's decision to go ahead with the raid, telling the president, "Good call." As for his personal reaction to the killing: He wasn't "overjoyed," because it was a matter of justice, not "hatred," he said. "The guy is dead. That is good." As for the SEALs: "I met SEAL Team Six in Afghanistan. They are awesome, skilled, talented, and brave. I said, 'I hope you have everything you need.' One guy said, 'We need your permission to go into Pakistan and kick ass.'" (Click to read about why bin Laden didn't think killing Joe Biden was necessary.)

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