Bush Contemplates His Legacy

'I didn't sell my soul:' Bush
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2008 11:17 AM CST
President Bush poses for photos with soldiers after speaking in Kentucky earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Bush wants to be remembered foremost as someone who "did not sell his soul in order to accommodate the political process." In an intimate interview conducted by his sister Doro for an oral history project of the Library of Congress, Bush lists liberating Iraqis, fighting AIDS in Africa, reforming Medicare, and No Child Left Behind among his accomplishments, reports the Houston Chronicle.

"I came to Washington with a set of values, and I'm leaving with the same set of values," Bush says, crediting his father and his faith. A portion of the interview, released by the White House to defend the exiting president's legacy, aired on NPR. The excerpt concludes with the president calling himself "a lowly sinner seeking redemption" and cautions public officials about judging different faiths too harshly.